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MSPO 2017: WB Group presents SWARM reconnaissance-strike system

10 September 2017

The largest private defence company in Poland, the Ozarow Mazowiecki-based WB Group, presented the SWARM mobile reconnaissance-strike system at the MSPO international defence industry exhibition held in Kielce, Poland, on 5-8 September. The system integrates the company's existing FlyEye mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and Warmate mini combat UAV (C-UAV).

The WB Group’s SWARM mobile reconnaissance-strike system integrates the company's FlyEye mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and Warmate mini combat UAV (C-UAV). (WB Group)The WB Group’s SWARM mobile reconnaissance-strike system integrates the company's FlyEye mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and Warmate mini combat UAV (C-UAV). (WB Group)

The hand-launched FlyEye UAV provides day and night intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities at a range of 30 km for a period of two and a half hours. During this period, the UAV operates largely silently in glider mode with its electric engine running for approximately 20% of the mission time.

The Warmate C-UAV is designed for highly-accurate rapid-response strikes on targets previously identified by FlyEye. Weighing 4.5 kg, Warmate has a 50-minute flight endurance and operational range of 12 km, controlled by a portable tablet-based ground control station and tripod-mounted data transmitter.

The SWARM system allows the incorporation of a mobile reconnaissance and strike unit (RSU) into the structure of the armed forces, with the main focus on special forces. The system's mobility can be provided by wheeled, tracked, or towed vehicles, depending on customer requirements. The WB Group proposes an RSU structure comprising a pair of reconnaissance and command vehicles (RCVs) and five subordinated strike vehicles (SVs).

Each RCV carries three FlyEye UAVs providing real-time imagery via an encrypted data link. Each SV can carry 20 Warmate C-UAVs with high-explosive anti-personnel (GO-1-HE) or anti-tank (GO-1-HEAT) warheads separated in a steel compartment in the back of the vehicle.

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