Technology multinational GMV has won a contract under the Spanish MoD’s RAPAZ programme for the supply of four Class I SEEKER Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS) to be integrated into the intelligence units of the Paratrooper Brigade and the Tercio de Armada de Infantería de Marina (Marine Infantry Protection Force), thus providing them with the most advanced version of the SEEKER. An autonomous, rapid-deployment system developed by Aurea Avionics and supplied by GMV, the SEEKER provides Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities over a 15-kilometer range with a 90-minute endurance and a weight of 3.5 kg. The aircraft is designed for rapid-deployment and high-mobility military applications, representing a qualitative leap forward for the armed forces, strengthening their ISR capabilities to ensure better operational capability and the tactical superiority of Spanish troops.
The system components can be broken down into two major groups: the air segment and the ground segment. The former comprises the Unmanned Aerial System (UAV), fit for day and night operations in addition to being capable of autonomous flying while the latter is a ground control station, ground data terminal and a handheld remote control. These systems between them monitor the UAV’s operation and process its real-time video data.
Within this project, due for delivery by October 2020, GMV will be running the design and manufacturing activities in addition to various flight campaigns scheduled to check that the systems work properly before handover.