CU-161 Sperwer


The Sperwer Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), 161001, launches on its maiden flight in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Sperwer UAV is a target acquisition and surveillance drone deployed in Operation ATHENA in Afghanistan. Photo by Corporal Doug Farmer.

The museum’s Sperwer 161007, was used in Afghanistan from October 2003 until April 2009. It was declared as surplus in March 2009 and on August 11, 2009, the Canadian Forces Sperwer UAV assets that were still in flyable condition were sold to the French Government. Canadian Soldiers In Afghanistan nicknamed the Sperwer “the flying ski-doo” because It used the same engine as a Bombardier snowmobile.

Tail #: 161007

Wingspan: 4.2 m, Length: 3.5 m

Max Weight: 330 kg

Max Speed: 196km/h

Crew: none

Role: tactical reconnaissance

In service: 2003–2009

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