The TARSIS-ISTAR is a high-end, tactical and compact class I UAS that allows multiple configurations, offering great adaptation to very demanding operational environments

Aertec, a Spanish company specialized in aerospace and defense technology, is going to develop three RPAs (Remote Piloted Aircraft System) class I SMALL systems (less than 150 kg MTOW) of its TARSIS ISTAR model for integration and validation of new functionalities and loads of payment developed by the General Directorate of Armament and Material (DGAM).

This is a contract through which Aertec will collaborate with the General Subdirectorate of Planning, Technology and Innovation (SDG PLATIN), in charge within the Ministry of Defense of proposing and directing plans and programs for research and development of systems and equipment of interest to national defense.

Within the TARSIS family, the unmanned aerial system that Aertec will develop within the framework of this contract is its ISTAR (intelligence, surveillance, target location and reconnaissance) model, a high-end class I, tactical and compact, category 95 UAS. kg., which offers a great payload integration capacity.

TARSIS solutions have ATOL (Automatic Take Off and Landing) technology, an automated control system for all flight phases. They can also integrate multiple other options: backup satellite link, emergency recovery with parachutes, spectral sensors, topographic sensors, etc.

The systems that AERTEC will develop include aerial platforms and different ground control stations “that will serve to integrate a series of payloads developed by the National Industry. These new payloads will allow new functionalities to be achieved, such as the integration of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and calibration of TACAN-type radio aids. In general, the TARSIS systems will be used to carry out demonstrations and evaluations of functionalities in the field of R&D of the DGAM and PLATIN, both within the RAPAZ Program and in others developed by the Ministry of Defense,” says Pedro Becerra, Aerospace & Defense Corporate Director of Aertec.

The Tarsis systems, selected to integrate new capabilities after being evaluated by the DGAM

The Spanish Ministry of Defense launched the Rapaz Project in 2016 with the objective of evaluating proposals for Remotely Piloted Air Systems of less than 150 kg for future acquisitions of the Armed Forces. Aertec’s TARSIS UAS has been participating in these operational evaluations, and has since successfully completed a high number of campaigns within the framework of this program, demonstrating the high technological performance of this unmanned aerial platform to various groups of end users.

In the words of Pedro Becerra, “with the acquisition of the TARSIS-ISTAR, the functionalities for class I RPAS can be developed and verified, with real operations and with mature equipment, and the requirements and needs of our Armed Forces can be refined. Among these functionalities are the detection, tracking and simulation of objectives, calibration of air base radio aids, integration of communications systems, evaluation of technological aspects of weapons integration or advanced teaching in RPAS unmanned aviation.