It is the Vector drone from Quantum Systems which is selected to equip the German Special Forces. It is true that this drone is largely “combat proven” since the Ukrainian Army has been using it since the summer of 2022.
14 Vector drone systems for Germany
At the end of a call for tenders launched in November 2022 by the Bundeswehr Purchasing Office (BAAINBw), the Vector reconnaissance drone designed and developed by the company Quantum Systems was selected to equip the forces German specials. The order concerns the supply of 14 systems with deliveries to begin during the fourth quarter of 2024.
A “combat proven” drone in Ukraine
It is that Vector has on its side the very strong argument of “combat proven” and feedback since the Quantum Systems drone has been in service in Ukraine since the summer of 2022 with a first batch of 33 systems. A second batch of 105 drones followed in February 2023 with added capabilities allowing them to operate in GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) refusal scenarios. Transportable by suitcase or backpack, it can therefore be deployed easily. Furthermore, only one person is required for its operation, thanks to mission software called QBase 3D which automatically generates effective flight trajectories once the observation zones and mission parameters have been defined. Adapted for reconnaissance missions, it has electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IR) gimbal sensors and offers the possibility of carrying out missions both day and night.
Increased autonomy and transmission range
Based on this experience, Quantum Systems continued to improve its Vector drone and in particular its autonomy and transmission range. Vector has increased its battery life from 2 to 3 hours and its range up to 30 km with the help of sectoral antennas. Automatic detection, identification and tracking algorithms support data evaluation and image processing before transmitting the necessary information to units in the field. Thanks to its characteristics, it can carry out intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, carry out area mapping, assess combat damage as well as assist in the conduct of fire. artillery, search and rescue (SAR).