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

Issue 54

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.