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SAGEM Sperwer (Sparrowhawk)

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

SAGEM Sperwer (Sparrowhawk)

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



Many SAGEM Sperwer operators have moved on to more modern UAV systems, leaving the French as primary operators of the type.
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ORIGIN: France
YEAR: 2001
STATUS: Active, In-Service
MANUFACTURER(S): SAGEM - France
PRODUCTION: 40
OPERATORS: Canada; Denmark; France; Greece; Netherlands; Sweden; United States
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the SAGEM Sperwer (Sparrowhawk) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 0
ENGINE: 1 x Conventional engine driving a four-blade propeller unit in a pusher arrangement at the rear of the fuselage.




ARMAMENT



None. Mission equipment includes optics and sensors.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Sperwer ("Sparrowhawk") - Base Series Designation
• CU-161 - Canadian Designation
• UAV01 Ugglan (Owl) - Swedish Designation


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the SAGEM Sperwer (Sparrowhawk) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).  Entry last updated on 7/10/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The modern wars of Afghanistan and Iraq pushed the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to the forefront of military operations. This resulted in a myriad of companies throwing their hats into the ring to compete for potentially lucrative military- and civilian-minded contracts - such products as the French-originated SAGEM Sperwer ("Sparrowhawk") appearing in 2002. The aerial system was developed exclusively as a reconnaissance platform with remote piloting, going on to stock the inventories of several nations of the world - Canada (as the CU-161), Denmark, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Sweden (as the UAV01 "Owl"), and the United States (Air National Guard). Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Sweden have all retired their stock of Sperwers.

The Sperwer lacks the sleek look of other modern UAVs but its single-minded mission requires only the basics out of the design. The fuselage is rectangular in shape with slap sides, a rounded nose section, and a squared aft section. Outward-canted vertical fins are situated over the tail. The mainplanes are low-mounted along the aft fuselage sides with forward canards set just aft of the nose assembly. The powerplant is held in a compartment at the rear of the fuselage driving a four-bladed propeller in a "pusher" arrangement. Launching is by way of a launch rail. Applicable mission equipment and optics are held in the fuselage.

The French Army continues support of the Sperwer for its various operations through a limited stock of aircraft.




MEDIA







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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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40

  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
X-Plane/Development
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
Commitments / Honors
Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for pioneering aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur War
Military lapel ribbon for experimental x-plane aircraft
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.