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EMT SHOWS OFF UAV EXPERTSIE AT DUBAI

EMT SHOWS OFF UAV EXPERTSIE AT DUBAI
By Julian Nettlefold, Editor, BATTLESPACE

12 Nov 07. EMT showed BATTLESPACE Editor Julian Nettlefold its range of UAVs, some of which are in service in Kosovo and Afghanistan with the German Army.

EMT was founded in 1978 by Dipl.-Ing. Hartmut Euer. EMT is a certified aviation company and supplier of air vehicles and aviation equipment. For more than 25 years EMT develops, manufactures and supports innovative products for the Armed Forces. Our product range includes Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or drones and the complete product line for aerial target presentation. EMT’s growing family of drones covers the range of micro drones, mini drones and larger tactical drones.

In April 2005 the LUNA, the tactical reconnaissance UAV developed by EMT in Germany, made its debut in Kosovo in March 2000, and has since then
flown more than 1300 successful missions over Kosovo, Macedonia and Afghanistan. LUNA has proven its reliability and technical maturity at day and night and under extreme climatic conditions within the scope of these international missions.

LUNA is an easy to operate, light-weight, extraordinary powerful and moderately priced drone system for real-time reconnaissance and surveillance at day and night with a data-link range of > 65 km and an endurance of > 3 hours. Due to its compact size and low crew requirements the LUNA system is highly mobile and can be relocated in a very short time by helicopter. In addition, the new net landing procedure allows landing in difficult or mine infested terrain.

The air vehicle, the catapult and the ground control station have all required military certifications to be operated by the German Army. LUNA is the only real-time UAV reconnaissance system operated by the German Army with a military Category II type certificate, which allows it to fly outside of specially designated military or prohibited areas over sparsely populated areas.

The modular payload concept permits the simple field replacement of various electro-optical sensors for day and night reconnaissance in real-time with other payloads. EMT will furnish proof of the unrestricted applicability of the system as a platform for the SAR radar sensor that is soon available, for deployment of weather sondes, or for mine detection, to name a few. The use as a relay drone has been successfully demonstrated; the hand-over of a LUNA from one ground control station to another or the landing in a net are part of the operational mission concept.

Program Milestones:
August 96 EMT is winner of a BWB call for tender among 8 internationally renowned UAV manufacturers
October 97 BWB R & D contract with EMT
Mar. 00 – today Operation in Kosovo, Macedonia and Afghanistan
Aug. 02 Delivery contract for LUNA MTH and LUNA Mech. Brigade systems
2003 Fielding of new LUNA systems

Since LUNA made its debut in Kosovo in March 2000, and has since then flown more than 1800 successful missions over Kosovo, Macedonia and Afghanistan. LUNA has proven its reliability and technical maturity at day and night and under extreme climatic conditions within the scope of these international missions.

Other UAV Products from EMV include:

ALADIN is the cost efficient solution for an inconspicuous and flexible close range reconnaissance
* Reconnaissance, identification and location in real time

* Video sensory for day or night
* Hand launch and autonomous flight
* Small portable container for disassembled air vehicle
* Mission proven technology
* Mission range over 5 km
* Very low signatures
EMV has also developed the Fancopter Micro UAV specifically designed for urban warfare recce use.

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