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Thales SpyRanger


France | 2018

"The Thales SpyRanger is a dedicated ISR mini-UAV and has seen success with French troops in Mali."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the SpyRanger 550 ISR Mini-UAV.
1 x Electric Engine driving two-bladed propeller unit in pusher arrangement.
56 mph
90 kph | 49 kts
Max Speed
31 miles
50 km | 27 nm
Operational Range
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the SpyRanger 550 ISR Mini-UAV.
14.8 ft
4.50 m
O/A Length
17.1 ft
(5.20 m)
O/A Width
55 lb
(25 kg)
Empty Weight
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Thales SpyRanger ISR Mini-UAV .
None. Payload limited to equipment for the ISR (Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance) role.
Notable series variants as part of the Thales SpyRanger family line.
Spy'Ranger - Base Series Name.
Spy'Ranger 330 - Base design with 15 kg payload capacity; 30km operational range.
Spy'Ranger 550 - Dimensionally larger with 25 kg payload capacity; 50km operational range.
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The Thales Spy'Ranger is a classified as a "mini-UAV" dedicated to the Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) role over the battlefield. It is designed as a forward-operating solution to provide ground-commanders with the needed "eye-in-the-sky", delivering real-time information when and where it is needed most through a versatile, robust design operating in both day and night time hours. Beyond this, the air system has obvious uses as an artillery-direction platform and in humanitarian operations.

Design of this UAV is conventional with the main components housed in a hardened streamlined body. The optics set is seated at the "chin" position under the fuselage nose, offering an unobstructed view of the terrain below, with the engine buried aft within the housing. The electric drive is used to power a two-bladed propeller unit in "pusher" arrangement at the rear of the fuselage. A support stem originates from the lower fuselage and is capped at the extreme aft-end of the vehicle with a single-rudder fin straddled by a pair of horizontal tailplanes. The mainplanes are seated at shoulder-height along the sides of the fuselage and are of straight design with rounded tips.

The series benefits from quick set-up times in-the-field, the UAV deployable within a twenty-minute window. A single solider can manage arrangement and launching of the complete system, such is its portability. Launched via rail assembly, the drone can reach speeds between 65 and 90 kmh, depending on variant in play, with the electric engine providing for much quieter performance and lower-maintenance commitment. The onboard optics set includes full HD video/IR feeds and a laser rangefinder. An autonomous function is built into the Spy'Ranger's design as is a secure high-rate datalink. If the link is lost for whatever reason, the aircraft automatically returns to a preset point for retrieval. Manual operation is through a conventional Ground Control Station (GCS) - the "Spy'C" - which affords two-system linking to a single GCS. The operator can enter the needed waypoints and the aircraft element, once airborne, flies to the designated locations as needed, complete with terrain avoidance capabilities.

Two versions of the Spy'Ranger are currently marketed; the Model 330 and Model 550 series. The Model 330 is the basic, portable form featuring a 4 meter wingspan, 15 kilogram payload capacity, 3 hour flight time, and 30 kilometer operating range. The Model 550 increases the wingspan to 5.2 meters, the payload capacity to 25 kilograms, flight time to 5 hours, and operational ranges out to 50 kilometers.

The Spy'Ranger has seen active service with French forces (Spy'Ranger 330 variant) battling internal unrest across Mali throughout 2020.

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Total Production: 55 Units

Contractor(s): Thales Group - France
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