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From Ukraine's Sky to Romania's Purchase, The Interesting Story of German Vector UAVs Falling in Ukraine

Vector reconnaissance drone / Illustrative photo credit: Quantum-Systems
Vector reconnaissance drone / Illustrative photo credit: Quantum-Systems

German defense company Quantum Systems announced in their press release that they have secured a contract from the Romanian Ministry of Defense for the supply of their Vector reconnaissance drones

The agreement spans 36 months and was finalized on May 14th for a total value of 18.4 million euros. The quantity of drones and other terms of the agreement remain undisclosed at this time. The contract was facilitated on the Romanian side by the procurement organization Romtehnica SA.

Quantum Systems states that the Romanian military chose their unmanned aerial vehicles based on several key criteria: flight range, autonomy, sensor quality, reliable warranty terms, and competitive pricing.

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Regarding the first two indicators, the company's official website specifies that the maximum flight endurance is 180 minutes (three hours), and the flight range is 180 kilometers.

At Quantum Systems, it is also noted that the Raptor integrated combined sensor with optical and infrared cameras allows the drone to operate in challenging conditions both during the day and at night.

Vector reconnaissance drone
Vector reconnaissance drone

Hundreds of Vector reconnaissance drones are in service with the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and there was an interesting incident where these drones suddenly "began falling from the sky," prompting Germans to enhance them for effective operation in challenging conditions in Ukraine. This story has a positive outcome, as the equipment was subsequently upgraded to meet the demands of modern warfare.

Also, worth noting is that today Quantum Systems actively collaborates with Ukraine in the development of unmanned aerial vehicles production. Earlier this year, in April, a new manufacturing facility of the company was opened in Ukraine, allowing the German manufacturer to increase its production capacity to 1000 drones per year.

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