The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine ordered 105 hybrid surveillance Vector UAVs from the German company Quantum-Systems. The agreement is financed by the German government. This is reported by Militarnyi with a reference to the manufacturer’s website.
This is already the second order for UAVs of this type, the first took place back in August 2022. It is known that the company Quantum-Systems will open a training center for Vector operators in Ukraine. In addition, a center will operate in Ukraine to service systems and supply spare parts for the repair of UAVs.
“We are honored to be able to help Ukraine with the defense of their country and we are committed to continuing to provide the highest quality systems to their forces. 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,” said Florian Seibel, co-founder and CEO of Quantum-Systems.
Vector is a fixed-wing UAV, but with vertical takeoff and landing. This is achieved by turning the entire block of engines and propellers. The drone has a conventional and infrared camera and transmits data via an encrypted channel. Vector comes in a bag that can be carried by one person. It only takes two minutes to set up the UAV before flying.
Vector UAV specifications
Maximum take-off weight – 7.4 kg
Wingspan – 2.80 m
Maximum flight time – up to 120 minutes
Cruising speed – 54 – 90 km/h
Command and control range – 15+ km (handheld unit); 25+ km (sector antennas)
Payload – HD40-LV EO/IR and NightHawk2-UZ EO/IR sensor units
Transport case dimension – 0.85 × 0.47 × 0.028 m