The General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) has chosen the mini-drones called “ANAFI USA”, developed in France and produced in the United States, to fill the ranks of the air and space armies, land, and the Navy.
The announcement fell on Monday, January 11, 2021, at the end of the day. The Parrot company confirmed, in a press release, that it had been selected by the General Directorate of Armament to supply the French armies with its ANAFI USA micro-drones, originally designed for first aid and professionals. The first European drone group won the call for tenders launched by the French state last February.
Parrot will deliver hundreds of drones to the French armies over the next five years
After having supplied its Short-Range Reconnaissance (SRR) drone to the US Army, Parrot will deliver its ANAFI USA drones (which are largely inspired by it) to the Army, Air Force, and Air Force. space and the French Navy.
The winning call for tenders grants Parrot a 5-year framework contract with the French Ministry of the Armed Forces covering several hundred small aircraft, as well as additional equipment, as well as the development of adaptations and the training of reference pilots. within services.
The ANAFI USA drone, 500 grams at weighing, deployable in 55 seconds, and classified in the category of quadricopter micro-drones, is designed to accompany soldiers in their various observation and reconnaissance missions. In its category precisely, it acts as a champion with its autonomy of 32 minutes of flight.
“It is the fruit of the meticulous work accomplished by our teams in France for more than 2 years, and that of 10 years of expertise. By making the bet to develop the ANAFI platform, designed for the general public, robust for the needs professionals, and secure for the requirements of the armed forces, we have taken an important step for the Group, “ commented Henri Seydoux, President and Founder of Parrot.
Amazing properties and safety that can withstand any test
The ANAFI USA drone has formidable properties, such as a 32x zoom, articulated around two 4K cameras of 21 megapixels each. Detailed scenes can be followed from a distance of up to 5 km. In-centimeter detail is visible up to 50m away, and human targets can be detected up to 2km away, with advanced accuracy of 13cm of detail.
To accompany the zoom, ANAFI USA is carrying a thermal camera that retains all its efficiency day and night. And the drone is very discreet. Its sound signature does not exceed 79 dB at a distance of 1 m. It becomes downright inaudible from 130 m away.
One of the points of interest of the DGA call for tenders was security in the broad sense. ANAFI USA thus meets the most stringent cybersecurity requirements. The drone’s software is, for example, protected from any outside attempt by its digital signature. The data it captures is only recorded on the ground segment, from which it must be extracted and analyzed using a physical connection.
Parrot specifies that the processing of data from its drone is subject to the RPGD and that all data is under the control of the user, therefore the French armies. It is also on the list of equipment available to US government agencies and security forces and is already in use by police, federal agencies, and firefighters in the US and other countries around the world. Confirming the aura of Parrot drones in critical sectors.