SAGEM Sperwer UAV
SAGEM Sperwer is a 3-meter-long unmanned aerial vehicle manufactured by SAGEM. It is piloted remotely and can cruise at altitudes of over 16,000 feet for as long as five hours. It can send back images of targets up to 150 kilometers from its operators on the ground.
Role : Reconnaissance aircraft/UAV
Manufacturer : SAGEM
Primary users : French Army, Canadian Forces
The Sperwer is currently in service with the French Army (61e régiment d’artillerie), the Royal Netherlands Air Force, Swedish Air Force, United States Air National Guard, Hellenic Air Force (Greece) with the Netherlands in the process of removing them from front line use.
Canadian Forces employed the Sperwer in Afghanistan between 2003 and its last mission on 18 April 2009 when it was replaced with the Israeli built IAI Heron.
The Royal Danish Army also bought Sperwer, but a series of problems forced the Ministry of Defence to cancel the programme and sell the remainder to Canada. As well the Danish Army no longer operate any aircraft and there are no plans for UAVs by the Royal Danish Air Force. Canada itself removed the Sperwers from front-line use in 2009, while the Netherlands was planning to phase its Sperwer drones out of front line use in March 2009 in favor of rented UAVs from Israel’s Aeronautics Defense Systems Ltd.