The British Army has awarded a second contract to Selex Galileo of Finmeccanica, for the Saturn, a tactical intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) unmanned system at the Defence Systems & Equipment International 2009 event in London.

The contract will complete of the highly Saturn ground vehicle, which capable of operation at the speed of a running soldier. The system, will deliver timely, relevant forward situational awareness ahead of forces on the move and offer assistance in both counter IED operations and routine patrols.

Saturn features an adaptable multivehicle, multisensor architecture which combines air and ground based autonomous robot vehicles to provide situational awareness.

The integrated sensors in the vehicle enable the Saturn system to achieve a full area search without the operator intervention thereby maximising the detection capacity of the system.

Saturn was developed by Stellar Research Services who won the MoD’s grand challenge competition in 2008.

The vehicle will be delivered for trials by UK forces in December 2009.