The Armed Forces of Ukraine have purchased intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles from Peru, according to Janes.
The media reports that Peruvian company Diseños Casanave has sold its CW-40D intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to Ukraine and Peru.
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It is noted that the deal was actually made earlier this year, in January, but apparently it a kept secret for a long time. The details about it, including the number of drones are not disclosed.
Diseños Casanave produces the CW-40D UAV jointly with the Chinese company Jouav (the UAV is actually a Chinese development), and therefore the sale of these UAVs to Ukraine is quite intriguing, as in theory it would require China's permission.
The CW-40D UAV is a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle with a fixed wing. It is equipped with a hybrid engine and the cost of one UAV is estimated at around $155,000.
It has a wingspan of 2.3 m length by 4.6 m width (wing surface), 45 kg maximum take-off weight, with a four-stroke engine, communication range of up to 200 km, a maximum speed of up to 150 km/h, wind resistance of 13.9–17.1 m/s, an operational ceiling of up to 21,325 ft, and flight endurance of up to 10 hours.
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