SENER has its own facilities for the integration and production of electronic, electro-optical, actuation and control systems, as well as electromechanical systems for secondary flight controls and auxiliary systems.
SENER is also experienced in systems for unmanned aerial vehicles. For these, it has participated in system specification and analysis, sensor integration, mission preparation and analysis, deployment support and operational support.
SENER has participated in projects including the MAVDEM vehicle (Mini Aerial Vehicle DEMonstrator), a European Union project in which SENER is responsible for the design, development, integration and testing of a prototype to demonstrate the technology, where the design of the concept and the engineering of the GNC system (Guidance, Navigation and Control) were of particular importance, along with various flight tests.
The company has also participated in another European project, the BSUAV programme, which studies the use of UASs in border surveillance activities.
SENER has also contributed to other UAS projects, such as the UCAV programme for ‘Mission analysis and scenario definition’ and the ‘Consolidation of the main UCAV characteristics'. Within this project, SENER led the analysis of the system and its various subsystems.
SENER and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA ASI) have a cooperation agreement in place since 2008 to promote the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) of the GA-ASI Predator series to support Spain’s aerial surveillance and reconnaissance requirements.
The company also has a similar agreement in place with the Austrian company Schiebel, to promote the use of vertical take-off UAS model Camcopter 100 on-board ships.