Polish FlyEye drone is offered by NSPA – the NATO defense support agency
WARSAW, (BM) – The FlyEye unmanned aerial system developed by the WB GROUP is the only advanced military equipment developed in Poland, offered by NSPA – the NATO defense support and procurement agency. NATO Agenda introduced it to its portfolio and offers it on the armaments market.
The North Atlantic Alliance’s support and defense procurement agency, NSPA, after a long-term verification of the manufacturer and the system itself, took responsibility for it and offers it directly to interested countries through appropriate procedures, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Defence24.
The representatives of the WB Group emphasize that this is an ennoblement of the Polish product and a confirmation of its highest quality.
FlyEye is an unmanned aerial system, the most recognizable element of which are light, handheld and automatically landing unmanned multi-role planes. It can be used for image, acoustic, radar, measurement and signature reconnaissance tasks, also as a flying radio transmitter and a specialized means of transporting small and sensitive loads.
The system was used in combat conditions by the Polish Armed Forces during foreign missions. Among others, in Afghanistan, where he cooperated with Dana-T howitzers equipped with the Topaz Automated Fire Control Kit [also produced by the WB Group] and integrated with Topaz, like FlyEye itself, with Liwiec artillery radars manufactured by PIT-Radwar.
Integration with the Topaz system allows the use of FlyEye not only to identify artillery targets and transmit information in real time, but also to correct artillery fire in an automated manner.
FlyEye is a product that is 100% Polish and produced entirely in Poland. All intellectual rights to the system are owned by GRUPA WB, which is co-owned by the Polish Development Fund. This means full state control over the advanced solution produced in Silesia, developed by native engineers.
The multi-role FlyEye is in service with the Special Forces, Land Forces [including artillery – three sets, delivered until 2013] and – recently also the Territorial Defense Forces [12 sets, purchased in 2018-2019 for a total of just over PLN 42 million]. FlyEye delivered to the Border Guard are used for daily monitoring of the country’s borders. The systems also found their way to Polish institutions related to state security.
FlyEye has been tested many times in Poland and during operations outside the country. WB GROUP constantly develops and improves its solutions based on user experience and in close cooperation with customers. Currently, drones of this type have a range of over 50 km. These drones are exported, inter alia, to Ukraine, where they are used in combat.
FlyEye consists of a ground flight control station, data analysis station, antennas of various types, several (the number depends on the needs of the customer) unmanned aerial platforms with various equipment [e.g. observation heads, microphone sets or radio transmitters, increasing the range of radio communication up to 100 times] and a trainer with the ability to synthesize video. The system can be carried on vehicles or transported by two-person staff in specially designed backpacks.
An unmanned aerial vehicle with a take-off weight of 11 kg takes off from the operator’s hand. It does not require any additional infrastructure, it can be used anywhere and anytime. After completing the mission, it automatically lands in the designated place.
The unmanned aerial vehicles included in the system can operate day and night, even in extremely unfavorable weather conditions, in strong winds, high and low temperatures and high humidity. FlyEye may operate when there is disruption or no access to the GPS satellite navigation system.
The drone can fly along the planned route, be steered in manual mode or operate automatically in convoy mode, where it supervises the terrain and detects threats to the supervised vehicles.
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