The Austrian Ministry of Defence has ordered six Tracker mini unmanned air systems (comprising a total of 18 aircraft) under an initial contract worth €3 million. These systems will provide the initial inventory for operational evaluation with the Austrian Armed Forces. Follow-on procurement of more systems is expected by 2016 and 2017, according to the Austrian Defense Forces capability development plan. The entire program is estimated to cost €18 million (US$25.1 million).
The competition for this contract was won by Survey Copter, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cassidian SAS, responsible for the development and manufacturing of miniature aircraft and helicopter UAVs, in cooperation with the Kapsch Group, a Vienna headquartered international road telematics, information technology and telecommunications company. Kapsch will provide local support and training.