AERTEC’s UAS (unmanned aerial system) TARSIS has taken part in the GUILOCHE 22 exercise campaign as an aerial observation platform at the Spanish Army’s San Gregorio Training Center.
During the manoeuvres, the TARSIS UAS were used to identify objectives, target acquisition and shot correction support, providing highly accurate coordinates, transferring all the information to the command post via the IRIS/TALOS system, the artillery command and control system into which TARSIS is fully integrated.
The TARSIS system was involved in missions for 4.5 hours flying at heights of up to 10,000 feet, AERTEC believes the exercises demonstrated its operational maturity and reliability after covering all the assigned objectives and completing all the flight periods.
According to AERTEC, participation in the campaign enabled TARSIS to demonstrate its ability to operate in far afield scenarios, providing accurate information in virtually real time, and showcase advanced capabilities for the defense sector.
Believed to be one of the few class-I RPAS, TARSIS is said to have a range of up to 140km and the ability to determine the coordinates of a target to within 5m at a distance of more than 3km.
The use of RPAS as an observation and surveillance platform is expected to be increasingly necessary to avoid risk to people. To do this, the unmanned systems are required to have a range that allows them to be deployed from positions far away from command posts and target areas. Despite operating at long distances, the system must also have payloads that can identify objectives from a long distance, at a high altitude, and determine coordinates with sufficient accuracy.
TARSIS is integrated into the Ministry of Defense’s RAPAZ Program, and has already taken part in several flight campaigns to certify its technological capabilities. Over the course of 2022, it was also used at the Air and Space Force’s UAV School, as well as in various units and commands during NATO’s Rapid Deployment Capacity LIVEX exercises, such as SOFEX 2022, which was led by the Joint Special Operations Command.