RUAG Defence has been awarded the contract to perform the integration and installation of the communication systems and data terminals needed for the Swiss Military’s new Elbit Systems HERMES UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) at remote sites.
RUAG Defence has been selected due the company’s proven capability in performing reliable and robust system installation in harsh environmental conditions. The new ADS-15 (Drone Reconnaissance System 15) is set to replace the previous ADS-95 system. It will provide the Swiss Military and civilian organisations with an enhanced capability to carry out surveillance of large areas, search and rescue operations, and help protect key infrastructure sites.
RUAG Defence will be responsible for the site installation to assure accurate functionality of the communication link between the ground and the UAV. Installing a variety of technologies including “line-of-sight”, GPS, and various sensors and control systems. It is important that the communication infrastructure is robust and able to withstand the harsh conditions experienced in the high altitude and exposed locations. RUAG’s experience of delivering successfully in such environments is why the company will lead the integration and installation part of the ADS-15 project.
RUAG Defence will design and carryout the integration at a number of high altitude and challenging locations with work due to be completed on the final site in 2019.