The German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has conducted testing on an upgraded ground control station (GCS) for the Kleinflugger Zielortung (KZO) drone reconnaissance and target acquisition system.
As part of the modernisation programme, the GCS hardware and software were upgraded to the ‘most current status’.
The improvements made to GCS have been tried and tested during flight trials conducted at Baumholder major training area.Prior to flight trials, tests were also performed on the ground.
Tests were supported by the Bundeswehr Technical Center WTD 61 in Manching, the Federal Office of the Bundeswehr for Military Aviation, Airbus Defence & Space, and the soldiers from the second battery of artillery demonstration battalion 345.
Flight trials are the final tests performed prior to delivery of GCS to German Armed Forces.
With a mission radius of more than 100km, the KZO drone is used by army artillery for target reconnaissance purposes during day and night.
The drone is equipped with an infrared sensor system, which is used to acquire real-time images of targets, as well as position and speed of targets.
Both drone and the sensor are controlled from the GCS.
The target data is transmitted from the air vehicle to the GCS, allowing the target data to be used for the effective operation of other assets such as long-range artillery, intelligent artillery munitions, rockets, and missiles.