According to German defense manufacturer Rheinmetall, the company has been awarded a contract by the German government to supply Ukraine with the SurveilSPIRE drone system and that deliveries have already begun. The announcement reads below:
”Rheinmetall has again been awarded a contract to supply automated reconnaissance systems to Ukraine. The order was placed by the German government. Rheinmetall has again been awarded a contract to supply automated reconnaissance systems to Ukraine. The order was placed by the German government. 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. The order value is in the lower double-digit million euro range. Delivery has already begun.”
SurveilSPIRE is an autonomous trailer-towed surveillance system that can be linked to several outposts. These sensors are aided by an artificial intelligence to detect enemy troop movements, signals, and other emissions via an advanced suite of electro-optical, infrared, and other sensors. It relies on solar panels or generators and can also link to aerial spotting UAVs. The system is considered a persistent passive surveillance system (PPS).
This is the third delivery of this system to Ukraine, with the latest being a batch of 5 delivered in September 2023.