AERTEC’s TARSIS unmanned aerial systems just took part in the GUILOCHE 22 exercise campaign at the Spanish Army’s San Gregorio Training Centre as an aerial observation platform. During these manoeuvres, the TARSIS UAS were used to provide support to meet the campaign’s objectives: identify objectives, target acquisition and shot correction support, providing highly accurate coordinates and transferring all this information to the Command Post via the IRIS/TALOS system, the Artillery Command and Control system into which TARSIS is fully integrated.
The TARSIS has a range of up to 140 km, an endurance of 12 hours and it can integrate various types of equipment and functionalities, including the automatic detection, designation and tracking of targets thanks to its advanced sensors.
The TARSIS system carried out missions lasting over 4.5 hours flying at heights of up to 10,000 feet, covering all the assigned objectives and completing all the flight periods, thus demonstrating its operational maturity and reliability. By participating in this type of campaign, the TARSIS demonstrate their ability to operate in far afield scenarios, providing accurate information in virtually real time, and showcase their advanced capabilities for the defence sector in this type of environment.
The TARSIS has a range of up to 140 km and can determine the coordinates of a target to within 5 m at a distance of more than 3 km. It is also one of the few class-I RPAS (<150 kg) to feature a laser designator that is compatible with the STANAG 3733, capable of designating targets from over 2.5 km away. It can also integrate various types of equipment and functionalities, including the automatic detection and tracking of targets with gyrostabilised cameras.
The use of RPAS as an observation and surveillance platform will be increasingly necessary to avoid risk to people. To do this, these unmanned systems must have a range that allows them to be deployed from positions far away from both their own command posts and the target area. And despite operating at long distances, they must have payloads that can identify objectives from a long distance and at high altitude and determine their coordinates with sufficient accuracy.
The TARSIS is integrated into the Ministry of Defence’s RAPAZ Programme, 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 the SOFEX 2022 exercise, led by the Joint Special Operations Command.