Parrot delivers 300 micro-drones to the French army

The General Directorate of Armaments has just ordered 300 Parrot mini-drones according to a press release posted by the Ministry of the Armed Forces on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. These devices will be used by the various army corps to carry out reconnaissance and intelligence missions .

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Credits: Drone Parrot / Unsplash

“Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces, welcomes the order for 300 mini-drones from the Parrot company by the General Directorate of Armaments (DGA)”. This is what can be read in the preamble of the press release published by the Ministry of the Armed Forces on Tuesday, January 12. These devices will be used by the three army corps within the framework of reconnaissance and intelligence missions.

According to the declaration of the Ministry of the Armed Forces, the first drones will be delivered in June 2021 to many units among the conventional forces and special forces. The contract between Parrot and the Directorate General for Armaments is for 5 years, and concluded a European call for tenders launched in early 2020. The exact amount of the contract was not communicated by the Ministry of the Armed Forces.

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Credits: Ministry of the Armed Forces / Parrot ANAFI micro-drone

Drones capable of spotting a target 2 km away

This partnership provides for “the delivery of several hundred drone systems and additional equipment, the training of reference pilots, as well as the possibility of adaptive developments ”. Note that these drones will be distributed as follows: 60% to the Army, 28% for the French Navy and 12% for the Air and Space Army.

Concerning the model of the Parrot controlled drones, it is micro-drones from the ANAFI family. They are specially developed for military use. In the first place, they only weigh 500 grams and are equipped to perform day and night observation missions. They compensate for their poor autonomy of 30 minutes by their capacity “to detect human-sized targets with great precision up to two kilometers away ”. In addition, they are particularly discreet, since they are inaudible over 130 meters.

As a reminder, this is not the first time that the French authorities have used drones. In April 2020, the Ministry of the Interior published a call for tenders for 651 drones, for a total budget of 3.8 million euros. These devices will be used for surveillance, reconnaissance, research and intelligence capabilities on French soil. In 2019, the Essonne police force tested several drone radars to monitor traffic violations.

Source: Ministry of the Armed Forces