The UK tactical UAV Watchkeeper programme illustrates Thales's expertise in UAVs, providing unrivalled ISTAR capability. The high performance Watchkeeper UAV has a multi-payload capability, carrying a range of payloads including synthetic aperture radar/ground moving target indicator (SAR/GMTI), electro-optical/infrared sensor (EO/IR), with an optional laser target designator, and data link relays. Its multi-sensor function enables it to deliver high-quality image intelligence day and night, in all weather conditions.
Using Thales's cutting-edge exploitation and dissemination technology, Watchkeeper enables commanders to gather intelligence and track targets without having to deploy troops into potentially sensitive or dangerous areas. It also offers the ability to loiter while a target is engaged.
With the experience gained from developing Watchkeeper and other ISTAR programmes, Thales is well placed to provide effective and competitive UAV solutions to meet current and future needs.