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European RPAS summit

Expal presents capabilities of its Shepherd drone as an advanced observer

The Shepherd. Photo: Infodefensa.com

The Shepherd. Photo: Infodefensa.com

05/06/2018 | León

B. Carrasco

The Spanish company Expal on Wednesday showed the capabilities of its RPAS Shepherd as an advanced observer for indirect fire support systems at the European summit on remotely-piloted aircraft systems UNVEX S&D that took place in the northwestern Spanish city of León.

Expal’s head of product, Manuel Martín, told Infodefensa.com that the company was focused on a system specialized in target location that can operate jointly with equipment such as the Eimos 81mm mortar and will improve the knowledge of the situation on the ground.

The Shepherd features camouflage reminiscent of a bird of prey, providing it with greater stealth in surveillance missions. Weighing only 2.8 kilograms (6.2 pounds), this system belongs in the mini category. Takeoff is performed manually and it lands on the ground.

The body and wings are made of expanded polypropylene (EPP), while the tail and wingtips are made out of carbon fiber. It has three cameras: a...

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