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Harfang MALE UAS Controlled Successfully from a French Air Force Base Almost 5,000 km Away

Issue 54 - July 2014

The unmanned aerial system (UAS) Harfang, which recently passed the symbolic mark of 10,000 flight hours in over 900 missions and will, according to a recently concluded contract, be kept in service until the end of 2017, was part of the security measures for the ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy.

A Harfang UAS belonging to the French Air Force (FAF) controlled by a crew from the French Military Flight Test Centre (Centre d’Expérience Aérienne Militaire), the UAS Squadron “Belfort” (ED 1/33) and the UAS detachment stationed in the Sahel-Sahara region has successfully undergone testing to prove that once it has taken off from its overseas deployment base it can be controlled from a cockpit located in France.