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Slovenian Armed Forces to receive new Belin-V UASs

A Belin UAS on its rail launcher with a Slovenian Armed Forces operator. (Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia)

The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia has contracted C-Astral to deliver two Belin-V unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) to the Slovenian Armed Forces.

Under the EUR1.26 million (USD1.34 million) deal, C-Astral will supply six air vehicles before the end of 2022. Two ground control stations, two tablet-based controllers, two AstralTrack 5xu antennas, and four tactical radio stations are scheduled for delivery by the end of May 2023 at the latest.

The Belin-V is a battery-powered aircraft and is based on C-Astral's Bramor family. It operates at the tactical level and provides an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability. The aircraft has an endurance of up to three hours and can be controlled out to a distance of 40 km via a line-of-sight communications link.

The air vehicle has a blended wing design and features a pusher propeller. The gimballed payload is carried under the nose and typically features electro-optical and infrared cameras.

The announcement of the contract was made on the Slovenian public procurement portal on 19 December; however, the deal was signed on 14 November.

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