Romania's army has a new quadrotor capability following the arrival of four UAV Solutions Phoenix 30 unmanned air vehicles.
The aircraft were delivered via the US Foreign Military Sales programme, which also includes the company’s Dragon View combined electro-optical/infrared stabilised camera, a ground control system, spares and ground support equipment.
The battery-powered UAV weighs 6kg (14lb) and can carry a 0.9kg payload with a 30-35min endurance. Maximum speed is 24kt (45km/h) and cruise speed is 15.5kt.
Romania also operates a variant of the Textron Unmanned Systems RQ-2 Pioneer UAV – the Shadow 600 – based with the 142nd Unmanned Aircraft Squadron in Timisoara.
Through its involvement in the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance programme that is acquiring five Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawks, Romania will also have access to a high-altitude, long-endurance UAV capability.
UAV Solutions has previously delivered four examples of the Phoenix 30 to the Bulgarian military.