The German government has committed to funding the purchase of 105 Vector long-endurance reconnaissance drones for use by Ukraine’s armed forces.
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Aerial intelligence company Quantum-Systems GmbH confirmed the additional order for its multi-sensor data collection drones on 25 January.
A previous order from the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine was placed for 33 drones in August last year.
Vector drones feature real-time live video with a single flight time of 120 minutes including electric vertical take-off and landing systems, and they can be used for military intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations.
Quantum-Systems GmbH co-founder and chief executive officer Florian Seibel said the Vector has dual electro-optical and infra-red gimbaled sensors enabling missions both for day and night.
“We are honoured to be able to help Ukraine with the defence of their country and we are committed to continuing to provide the highest quality systems to their forces,” he said.
“Our belief in democratic values and the challenges faced by the Ukrainian soldiers daily, only motivate us even more so and speed up our development processes.
“Being able to further equip Vector with combat-proven features and capabilities in a short period of time is crucial for us as a manufacturer and the operators of our systems, from which all of our Vector customers will profit.”
Quantum-Systems stated the drones will have software to operate in GNSS-denied scenarios, where signal is disrupted or jammed at the user’s receiver.
Quantum-Systems has also announced the opening of a training and support facility in Ukraine for Vector operators, maintenance of the Vector system and as a local hub for spare parts and repair services.