Global defense and security company Saab has signed a contract with the Swedish Police Authority to deliver three unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from California-based AeroVironment.
The remote-controlled Qube quadcopters will be tested by the police this year. The UAVs will be equipped with digital cameras for collection of information about specific geographical areas, as well as sensors and technology for image transfer. The contract, in effect from 2016 to 2018, also includes training and technical support.
AeroVironment has delivered similar systems to police forces in the U.S., says Saab. Since the mid-1990s, Saab has been responsible for systems and support for the Swedish Army’s Ugglan, Örnen and Falken UAVs.
“This move to provide unmanned systems to support government services gives us a good foundation to evolve this technology further,” explains Jonas Hjelm, head of Saab’s business area support and services. “The contract also strengthens our support and maintenance services for civil security applications.”