ECA is pushing forward collaboration among several of its unmanned systems notably the Iguana Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) and IT-180 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.

The company recently demonstrated to the press the added value that collaborative work between UGVs and UAVs could bring to dangerous missions. During the demonstration the IT-180 provided observation and threat detection, in this case a car which entered a safety area, thus siding Iguana in its identification and neutralisation of the target. After identification the Iguana approached the potential threat, while the IT-180 kept providing aerial surveillance. The Iguana’s cameras merged their feed with the aerial view to provide the operator with comprehensive situational awareness, allowing them to perform their mission with extreme accuracy.

ECA explained to armadainternational.com that the IT-180 is a combat proven system and has been deployed by French forces for CIED (Counter Improvised Explosive Device) missions in Afghanistan and West Africa.

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Giulia Tilenni is a contributing analyst for diverse leading journals specialised in defence technology and defence issues. She works on European Union defence and security trends, budgetary issues, and members’ national security dilemmas, as well as the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle market and technological trends. @gtilenni