ESG Delivers Sea Falcon for the K130 Corvettes

Another contract concluded for the procurement of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for the K130 corvettes.

The Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use of the Bundeswehr (BAAINBw) has entered into a contract with ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH as the main contractor for the procurement of three Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the Bundeswehr under the name “Sea Falcon” , closed for the corvettes K130 of the German Navy.

With the implementation of the “Reconnaissance and Identification in Maritime Operations Area (AImEG)” project, the capabilities of the corvettes for imaging reconnaissance will be significantly expanded: In the future, objects can be recognized and identified with the Sea Falcon far beyond the on-board sensors.

A UAS consists of two unmanned aerial vehicles of the type Skeldar V-200, a ground control station integrated on the corvette, from which the aircraft is guided, and a set of tools and spare parts.

The Sea Falcon is based on the Skeldar V-200 from the Swedish manufacturer UMS Skeldar AB and can operate for up to 5 hours with a maximum take-off weight of 235kg, a maximum speed of 75 knots and a payload of up to 40kg. It can take off and land automatically on the deck of the corvette at wind speeds of up to 20 knots and “Sea State 3”. An integrated sensor transmits optical and infrared images to the ground control station in real time.
The AImEG project now under contract covers a period of 4 years

  • in the pilot phase, the development and approval with regard to the need for adaptation of the Bundeswehr; the delivery of a UAS including the integration into a corvette; Initial training of the Bundeswehr personnel as well as comprehensive logistical services;
  • In the series phase the delivery of two more systems, one of which will also be integrated into a corvette and the other will be used for land-based training. In addition, three kits for the future preparation of further corvettes to accommodate a UAS will be delivered.
  • A special feature within the framework of the adaptation developments is the expansion of the so-called “safety-critical chain” to include additional functionalities, which is concluded with a military approval. The safety-critical chain ensures that the aircraft cannot leave a designated area of ​​use.

    In the AImEG project, ESG assumes overall responsibility for the industry as a general contractor and system support company. The overall service is provided in partnership and goal-oriented cooperation between the three other highly committed industrial partners of ESG: UMS Skeldar AB as the manufacturer and supplier of the aircraft, NVL BV & Co. KG (formerly Fr. Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co. KG) as manufacturer of the corvette and UAS integrator as well as the company CUONICS GmbH as aviation electronics parts developer and manufacturer.

    ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH is one of the leading German companies for the development, manufacture, integration, maintenance, support and operation of complex, security-relevant systems, mission equipment, software and IT. ESG is an approved aviation company for aircraft and aviation equipment of the German Armed Forces and aeronautical operations according to EASA Part 21J, EASA Part G and EASA Part 145. Independence, engineering spirit and profound domain knowledge are the core of its entrepreneurial DNA. As a reliable technology and innovation partner of the Bundeswehr, authorities and industry, ESG has been offering tailor-made, customer-specific solutions, services and products for security in all dimensions of a networked world for over 50 years.

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