Switzerland tests Polish Fly Eye UAV

Switzerland tests Polish Fly Eye UAV

flyeye e1524598719372Swiss Tages Anzeiger newspaper informed, that the Swiss land forces are starting trials of reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs`). Tests will take place at the Schiessplatz Petit Hongrin military grounds in Vaud canton between 16th and 29th of April. The UAVs` under trials include Israeli Aeronautics Orbiter 2B and Polish Fly Eye by WB Group.

In its 2017 report, the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport, identified a need for additional reconnaissance data for small land forces units. Unlike the big unit divisions, the small ones don`t have access to large UAV/helicopter data.

The Swiss land forces have no experience with small, reconnaissance UAV`s so a few manufacturers of such systems were asked to provide a demonstration. Switzerland is planning to spend 8 million CHF (6,7 million EUR) on this equipment.

During April`s testing, similarly sized UAV`s will be tested. Fly Eye has a wingspan of 3,6 m and weights 11 kg while Orbiter 2B wingspan is 3 m with mass being 10,3 kg. Both are powered by electric motors and can be ready for deployment in 5 to 7 minutes. / MILMAG – The Military Magazine.

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