Epervier is the reconnaissance version of the UAV, developed by Belgian held firm Thomson-CSF Electronics Belgium. Start of program development apparatus is dated 1969 year, and it has received state financial support. After passing a series of tests in 1974, the Thomson-CSF was prepared by order of the Belgian Army for the supply of 40 UAVs together with ground servicing equipment. Completion dates back to 1977 UAV supply of

Epervier conducts battlefield reconnaissance using the 127-mm AA3-70 camera for day mode and the Omera AA6-62 camera for night mode using a rocket launcher. As an option, the UAV can be equipped with infrared scanners and LLTV-cameras that transmit information in real time. The unmanned vehicle is launched from the ground mobile control point installed on the truck. The flight of the device is controlled remotely, it is possible to switch to fully automatic control after approaching the target. After completing the mission, the UAV performs a landing using a parachute system, it is searched using the CEP system. In 2000, these UAVs were in service with the Belgian Army. It is planned to replace them with Israeli IAI Hunter unmanned vehicles.

Thomson-CSF EPERVIER. Characteristics:

Modification   Epervier
Wingspan, m   1.72
Length m   2.38
Height, m   0.93
Weight, kg  
  empty   101
  maximum take-off   147
  Fuel   26
engine's type   1 TRD Lucas CT3201
Thrust, kN   X 1 0.49
Maximum speed km / h   325
Cruising speed, km / h   310
Radius of action, km   93
The maximum rate of climb, m / min   720
The flight duration, min   25


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