Robonic delivers third-generation Kontio launcher to U.S. Army
May 5th, 2017
Robonic Ltd Oy (a subsidiary of Safran Electronics & Defense) working with Kratos has delivered
two of its third-generation Kontio (type MC2555LLR) pneumatic launchers to the U.S. Army Targets
Management Office, part of PEO STRI (Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and
Instrumentation). After successfully completing testing last month, the two Kontio launchers are now
Designed to support tactical unmanned air systems and target drones, this high pressure pneumatic
launcher will be used to launch the CEi (a Kratos company) Firejet high-performance aerial targets.
"Delivery of our Kontio launcher to the U.S. Army is a major milestone for us as we work to develop
advanced solutions to meet the demands of the target drone market,” said Juha Moisio, Managing
Director of Robonic. “We are proud to have delivered on our commitment and look forward to
opportunities for future collaboration with this key customer. This achievement also represents a
successful partnership, as we worked alongside Kratos throughout the duration of the program.”
The Kontio launcher is a highly transportable universal launcher with a large mass and speed
envelope which makes it highly suitable for several types of targets or tactical unmanned aerial
vehicle. It is designed to launch air vehicles of up to 140 kg mass with a 70 m/s exit velocity or
alternatively 500 kg masses at 37 m/s.
With its launchers delivered worldwide, Robonic has more than three decades of operational
experience in supporting the evolving requirements of the global UAS industry and UAS endusers.
Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and
equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Group has 70,000 employees and generated
sales of 17.4 billion euros in 2015. Safran is listed on Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC40 index, as well
as the Euro Stoxx 50 European index.
Robonic Ltd Oy, based in Tampere, Finland, is a Safran Electronics & Defense owned engineering company
that operates as the premier unmanned air system launcher manufacturer in Europe. Robonic’s track record of
pneumatic launching technology spans over three decades. The company also operates a dedicated
unmanned air vehicle flight test centre in Lapland at Kemijarvi, Finland.
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