Hungary's ForcEi UAV programme bears fruit
By Miroslav Gyürösi
Hungary's HM EI Zrt and CURRUS Zrt have completed the second phase of the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ForcEi project and presented the developments at the Veszprém-Ujmajor training area in early November.
The UAV ForcEi project commenced in 2007, the first phase of which saw HM El Zrt develop the Meteor 3MA jet-powered target drone to meet a Hungarian Armed Forces requirement. The Meteor 3MA, which is designed to be a target for man-portable air-defence systems, has completed testing and is now being introduced into service.
In 2011, CURRUS Zrt joined HM El Zrt to begin the second phase of the project, the goal of which is to develop two small reconnaissance UAV technology demonstrators - BORA and IKRAN - and a vehicle-based transport and control system, designated MRVP (Mozgo Repules Vezetesi Pont, or Mobile Flight Control Station).
The smaller of the two aircraft, the BORA, is a hand-launched system and is powered by an electric motor. The aircraft is largely constructed of composite materials and weighs 10 kg, features a two-bladed propeller, and has a length of 1.6 m and a wingspan of 3.6 m.188 of 659 words
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