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Rheinmetall to send SurveilSpire automated reconnaissance systems worth €10 million to Ukraine

Rheinmetall has been awarded a contract to supply SurveilSpire automated reconnaissance systems to Ukraine. The order was placed by the German government. The systems are worth around €10 million.

The company announced it on its website.

What is known about Rheinmetall’s SurveilSpire

SurveilSpire is a drone defence system designed to reconnoitre and engage hostile drones. The reconnaissance systems include mobile surveillance towers with day and night vision camera equipment, autopiloted mini-drones, and a command and control system. Transport vehicles are also included in the scope of delivery.

The systems are used in particular to monitor sections of terrain with as few personnel as possible. The system can also provide a 5G network. Rheinmetall is cooperating on the project with the Estonian company DefSecIntel.

Made by Estonia’s DefSecIntel, the SurveilSPIRE surveillance towers can be loaded onto trailers and quickly transported to their area of operation. Assembly requires three personnel; operation is fully automated. The system includes wireless links (4G and Starlink) for video transmission to a mobile command post. Solar panels enable sustained operation without power cables or a fuel source. The system relies on autopiloted reconnaissance drones that conduct patrols and mission-specific flights. This enables inspection of detected threats and lets the operator initiate necessary countermeasures.

earlier, it was reported that the German Ministry of Defense pledged to provide Ukraine with a mobile field hospital made by Rheinmetall. The value of the order is around €9 million.

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