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NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has signed a contract with WB Group for upgraded versions of the in-service FLYEYE unmanned aerial system (UAS) fleet. These upgrades include user-friendly solutions to increase the interoperability of the Polish Army by standardising the configuration and replacing the existing equipment with the up-to-date substitutes.

FLYEYE is currently used by the Polish armed forces and other services for intelligence, reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition (ISTAR) of the battlefield, sensitive areas, national borders, natural disasters or large public events and successfully performs combat missions in symmetric conflicts. It is a modular system characterised by the ease of assembly and disassembly. Launch readiness can be achieved in less than ten minutes. The hand-launched variant can also be operated in tight spaces and confined areas.

The enhanced version is characterised by the increased system performance and longer flight endurance, up to 150 minutes. Other new features include a GCS with antenna, the GS4 daylight and IR observation payload and reduced weight for longer time on station. Additional features are the tactical and maritime antennas, the FT-LoC2 GPS-based long range emergency location and recovery device, MIL connectors in the entire system, new backpacks and transportation cases.

With the first upgraded sets already delivered to the Polish armed forces for operation, FLYEYE has successfully passed the inspection by NSPA, both in terms of equipment and documentation. Designed to meet the needs of customers, each FLYEYE system is supplemented with two repair kits. In addition, the programme includes delivery of the I-Level repair sets. WB Group will also provide alignment trainings and support for the UAS operators and maintenance on an on-going basis.

Final delivery is due by the end of 2020.

Dorothee Frank