Airbus and its Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have been selected for a maritime aerial surveillance with Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) contract by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex).
The contract highlights the benefits of unmanned aerial systems in terms of precise and long-endurance surveillance, IAI said.
The European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) awarded a contract to Airbus DS Airborne Solutions (ADAS), a 100% subsidiary of Airbus DS and the global market leader in RPAS services.
The contract also goes to its long-term partner IAI to operate a medium altitude long endurance (MALE) RPAS for maritime aerial surveillance services.
The service will be delivered in Greece, and/or Italy and/or Malta within a framework contract.
The service includes the provision of an RPAS platform, payload, communication equipment and capacity, mission storage and all necessary experts managing the system and providing operational support.
Under the contract, Airbus and IAI will provide the service for pre-planned assignments as well as for ad-hoc calls.
Mike Hoofdmann, CEO of ADAS, underlined that this contract for long-endurance maritime surveillance for Frontex marks a new milestone for the company to extend its successful unmanned operational services for military customers and also to civil stakeholders such as Frontex and eventually other agencies.
“This contract gives us the opportunity to prove our performance on a European level. We as Airbus together with our partner IAI make an essential commitment to the monitoring and security of European external border and thus contribute to the stability in Europe”, added Hoofdmann.