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Large Belgian Drone Crashes In France

Tue Mar 01, 2016 10:08 am

A french news report in Le Figaro states that "control of a large drone was lost and it entered french airspace where it crashed, escorted by a Rafale fighter"

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/20...icipation-au-capital-d-ubisoft.php

Belgian authorities advised the french air force that a large drone being flown by a private operator had entered french airspace. It was intercepted by a Rafale and the pilot confirmed that the drone was not carrying any payload. Flying at 140km/h, the engine cut out and the drone subsequently crashed in a field.

French text:

Un drone escorté par un Rafale s'écrase près de Reims

Par Lefigaro.fr avec AFPMis à jour le 29/02/2016 à 22:24 Publié le 29/02/2016 à 20:08

Un drone de grande taille venu de Belgique, dont les opérateurs ont perdu le contrôle, s'est écrasé cet après-midi dans l'Aisne, sans faire de dommages, après avoir été suivi à distance par un Rafale, a annoncé aujourd'hui l'Armée de l'air française. L'engin s'est écrasé dans un champ, sans faire de dommages, sur la commune de Dizy-le-Gros, à une cinquantaine de kilomètres de Reims. La gendarmerie s'est immédiatement rendue sur place et a sécurisé la zone.

A 14h33, les autorités belges ont prévenu les autorités françaises qu'un drone de grande envergure, opéré par un organisme privé faisant du contrôle de zone, venaient de pénétrer dans l'espace aérien français, a indiqué un porte-parole du Sirpa-Air. Une minute plus tard, la Haute autorité de défense a alerté l'armée de l'air qui a fait, sept minutes plus tard, décoller un Rafale de la base aérienne de Saint-Dizier (Haute-Marne). Une demi-heure plus tard, le pilote du Rafale a aperçu l'engin: un drone de grande envergure qui n'avait aucune charge sous sa voilure. Il volait à 140 km/h. Le Rafale l'a suivi et peu après, le moteur du drone s'est arrêté provoquant sa chute.
 
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RE: Large Belgian Drone Crashes In France

Tue Mar 01, 2016 1:30 pm

http://www.rtbf.be/info/societe/deta...-par-un-avion-de-chasse?id=9227348

The drone was operated by a research institute.
The photo shows what it looks like: 3,8m wingspan and 3,4m length, and capable of flying for 4 to 6 hours.

Following loss of control, the drone was intercepted by 2x belgian air force F16 on quick reaction alert as it was heading towards brussels. It was then followed by the french air force rafale until it crashed after running out of fuel 2 hours after crossing the border.
 
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RE: Large Belgian Drone Crashes In France

Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:51 am

How do F-16s and Rafales keep up with a small unmanned vehicle flying 140 km/h? Do they literally fly circles around it?

Shouldn't they just send a chopper or a small piston / T-prop airplane?
Seems like an overkill to me.

Anyway, that's beside the point. This incident will likely once again underline the need for regulation of civilian drone flying.
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RE: Large Belgian Drone Crashes In France

Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:59 am

Quoting francoflier (Reply 2):
How do F-16s and Rafales keep up with a small unmanned vehicle flying 140 km/h? Do they literally fly circles around it?

Shouldn't they just send a chopper or a small piston / T-prop airplane?
Seems like an overkill to me

They should have killed it with their jet wash, if it could take out goose and maverick it should be good enough for a drone. 

I think I remember that in WW2 RAF fighters used to knock V-1's of course by tipping up their wings, I wonder what their plan was for if the drone cut out near a built up area?

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