Quantum-Systems Vector UAV has been ordered for a third time by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence. (Quantum-Systems)
Ukraine has ordered 300 additional reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from German-based Quantum-Systems.
An announcement by the company on 31 May stated the order would be the third placed by Ukraine for the Vector electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) UAV since August 2022.
A Quantum-Systems spokesperson confirmed to
the order was funded by the German government.
Overall, Ukraine has received 438 Vector UAVs, with 105 ordered in January 2023 and 33 in August 2022 – funded by the German government. The company is also in the process of opening a facility in Ukraine to offer user training and maintenance support.
The Vector eVTOL UAV is suitable for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) operations, including border patrol, search-and-rescue, and battlefield surveillance. The system has a wingspan of 2.8 m, a maximum take-off weight of 7.4 kg, an endurance of up to two hours, and can be fitted with either a NextVision Nighthawk2-UZ or Trillium Engineering's HD40-LV electro-optical payload.
Vector has been used extensively on the Ukrainian battlefield, where it has “proven to be an asset for military intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations”, the company said earlier.