The ATLANTIS (Long Range Tactical Aircraft Unmanned or “Avión Táctico de Largo Alcance No Tripulado Español” in Spanish), is a system designed to meet the requirements of the Spanish Army, to acquire a UAV capable ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) platform to operate 24 hours day and in adverse weather conditions. It should also carry out tasks such as target identification and correction of fire/damage assessment.
The system consists of four aircraft, a ground control station and receiving antenna, a transport unit, launching and collection, a remote video terminal and a maintenance team.
Launch is via a catapult ATLANTE similar to the SIVA UAV and would be recovered by parachute. However, it also has a simple landing gear for both takeoff and landing at conventional or unprepared runways.
Included in the aeronautical sector strategic plan 2007-2012 of the Spanish Ministry of Industry and funded by the Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI), a public body under the Ministry of Science and Innovation, the ATLANTIS program is led by EADS Defense & Security (Design), aerodynamic and structural engineering) and has the participation of Indra Sistemas (optronics and communication) GMV (control, guidance and navigation of the aircraft and subsystem automatic takeoff and landing) and Aries Ingeniería y Sistemas .
Atlante UAV GCS is manufactured by EADS CASA. Data will be stored and transmitted by the UAV to the GC. The control station will have a ground data terminal, a remote video terminal and a verifier of the flight line / charger. The ATLANTIS made its first flight on February 28, 2013 in Rozas airfield , located in the municipality of Castro de Rey ( Lugo ).
Among non-military applications would be those related to internal security and focused on the struggle against terrorism and anti-piracy, control of illegal immigration and drug trafficking and, of course, for the efficient management of firefighting and other natural disasters, monitoring of critical infrastructure, roads or identifying endangered or missing persons.
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