Lyon, France, and Boston, USA 17 May 2022 – Elistair, the global leader in the tethered drone industry, has been awarded a framework agreement by the DGA (French Armament General Directorate) for the supply of ORION 2 tethered UAVs.
The DGA EM (DGA Missile Test Unit), a reference center in Europe for missile flight tests, has chosen the ORION 2 tethered UAV to reinforce its surveillance and observation system for the test areas. The contract was awarded to meet the requirements of DGA EM’s Landes and Mediterranean sites, and the Mediterranean and Aquitaine flight test sites of DGA EV (DGA Flight Tests).
During the tests which can last up to several hours, the ORION 2’s mission will be to secure the impact zone and collect images needed for analysing land, air and coastal operations. The tethered drones will significantly extend the current scope of surveillance, with detection capacities now covering a 10-km radius, even in poor weather conditions.
Designed for persistent flights, the ORION 2 is an automated smart tethered drone capable of flying at a height of 100 m for 24 hours. Its tether secures data transfer and protects against jamming and interference. The ORION 2 has successfully passed the DGA’s Information Systems Security (ISS) certification tests.
“This new contract is a major milestone for Elistair, and we are proud of the DGA’s renewed confidence in our company and our solutions. The ORION 2 was selected and approved after extensive work by our teams on ISS (Information Systems Security) hardening, and this new success boosts its positioning as a reference for tactical UAV’s used for perimeter protection,” says Elistair CEO Guilhem de Marliave.
Elistair, co-founded by Guilhem de Marliave and Timothée Penet in 2014, with branches in Lyon, Boston and Abidjan, designs and manufactures tethered drone solutions for tactical observation and civil protection missions. Elistair products are used by armed forces, law enforcement, civil security and private security in over 70 countries. https://elistair.com/
About DGA Essais de Missiles (Missile Tests Unit)
With its main sites in Biscarrosse, Saint-Médard-en-Jalles and Toulon-Île du Levant, DGA Essais de Missiles (Missile Tests Unit) conducts tests on weapon systems, strategic and tactical missiles, torpedoes and munitions in the field of air, land, sea and submarine operations. With facilities unique in Europe, the center also provides training for forces, which reflects the operational context as closely as possible by integrating augmented reality components.