Military Factory logo
Icon of F-15 Eagle military combat fighter aircraft
Icon of Abrams Main Battle Tank
Icon of navy warships
Icon of AK-47 assault rifle

SAGEM Sperwer (Sparrowhawk)

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

Many SAGEM Sperwer operators have moved on to more modern UAV systems, leaving the French as primary operators of the type.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 7/10/2018
National Flag Graphic


Year: 2001
Status: Active, In-Service
Manufacturer(s): SAGEM - France
Production: 40
Capabilities: Reconnaissance (RECCE); Unmanned;
Crew: 0
Power: 1 x Conventional engine driving a four-blade propeller unit in a pusher arrangement at the rear of the fuselage.
Operators: Canada; Denmark; France; Greece; Netherlands; Sweden; United States
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.


None. Mission equipment includes optics and sensors.

Variants / Models

• Sperwer ("Sparrowhawk") - Base Series Designation
• CU-161 - Canadian Designation
• UAV01 Ugglan (Owl) - Swedish Designation
Site Disclaimer  |  Privacy Policy  |  Cookies  |  Site Map Site content ©2003-, All Rights Reserved.

The "Military Factory" name and logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT

Part of a network of sites that includes, GlobalFirepower, a data-driven property used in ranking the top military powers of the world, and, the World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft.

Facebook Logo YouTube Logo