The Swiss Army is conducting flight tests of fixed-wing mini reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems, the Zurich daily Tages-Anzeiger has reported.
The tests are part of a CHF8 million (USD8.1 million) programme to purchase two types of mini UAVs: quadcopters weighing less than 6 kg and fixed-wing aircraft weighing less than 15 kg. The Swiss Army plans to complete the procurement of mini UAVs for its small units by 2021.
The tests are taking place on 16-29 April at the Petit Hongrin training ground in the canton of Vaud. The flight area is closed to civilian air traffic.
The trials involve Israeli company Aeronautics’ 10.3 kg, 3 m wingspan Orbiter 2B and the Polish WB Group’s 11 kg, 3.6 m wingspan Fly Eye mini UAVs.
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