Novadem, the French SME based mostly in Aix-en-Provence, has simply finalized the supply of the 27 NX70 micro-UAV techniques ordered by the French Protection Procurement Company (DGA) final December.
As a reminder, this order of greater than 2M€ was positioned within the context of an operational emergency, accepted by the French Armed Forces Headquarter on the finish of 2018, aiming at rapidly endowing land forces with extra performing and secured detection capacities, able to working by day and night time.
Aix-en-Provence, September 12th, 2019. These final eight months had been intense for the Novadem crew ! There are at least 55 micro-UAVs and virtually 400 related tools and spare elements which have been manufactured and delivered to the DGA.
“We managed to fabricate and ship in a brief time frame all tools ordered by the DGA which have been deployed shortly after in operations”, highlights Pascal Zunino, the Novadem CEO.
The corporate demonstrated agility and reactivity to soak up this unprecedented manufacturing peak.
“For a number of years, we’ve got put in place all crucial processes and documentation to have the ability to face, when the day arrives, this enhance of the manufacturing fee. This main contract has allowed us to refine and validate our group to be able to make it replicable sooner or later and to succeed in the standard requirements anticipated by the DGA”.
Regardless of this tight timeframe, Novadem managed to make it accessible to the French Ministry of the Armed Forces, as early as March, the primary NX70 techniques meant for evaluations and to make sure the coaching of trainers from the 61st Artillery Regiment who foresee to coach greater than 100 NX70 operators the primary yr. With a purpose to meet the operational emergency wants and to make sure the instant deployment of the techniques in operations, Novadem additionally took in cost the coaching of a dozen of operators.
NX70 BLOCK 2
Through the years and buyer suggestions, the NX70 has developed to succeed in « Block 2 » model initially of 2019. First-generation of NX70 customers had been the French Gendarmerie Nationale after Novadem gained the tender in 2016 which involved the supply of 19 NX70 micro-UAVs. Their feedbacks in addition to feedbacks of different prospects in France and overseas allowed to proceed the R&D and to develop the « Block 2 » which marks a brand new step in comparison with the primary era. Particularly, the picture stabilization, DRI performances and night time imaginative and prescient capabilities have been clearly improved. Radiofrequency hyperlinks have additionally developed to satisfy army necessities: protection frequency bands, information encryption and a radio vary elevated to greater than 5 kilometers.
Technical and operational evaluations validated
The technical and operational evaluations carried out in June on the Mourmelon army camp by the technical part of the land forces allowed to validate the NX70 system with regard to the French Armed Forces Headquarter’s DRI, vary and endurance necessities. On the finish of those evaluations, the Ministry of the Armed Forces has thought-about the NX70 as compliant with the necessities of the operational emergency mandate and has validated its deployment in operations. The NX70 techniques arrived final week in exterior theatres of operations.
This contract represents a significant step within the improvement of Novadem and brings the French firm a strengthened visibility and credibility within the protection sector on the worldwide scene.
The attribution of the label « As utilized by French Armed Forces » to the NX70 micro-UAV in July by the French Ministry of the Armed Forces displays the popularity of all of the work completed throughout these final 13 years.