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Montenegro receives UASs from Slovenia

A Belin UAS on its rail launcher with a Slovenian Armed Forces operator. The system is now in service with Montenegro also. (Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia)

Montenegro has received from Slovenia C-Astral's Belin-V unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) that were agreed in 2023.

The sixBelin-V electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) multirole UASs were received by the Montenegrin Ministry of Defence on 2 July. The delivery was conducted at Knjaz Danilo military airport in the presence of the ministers of defence of Montenegro and Slovenia, Dragan Krapović and Marjan Šarec respectively.

News of the handover came 10 months after the bilateral agreement was signed in August 2023 between the two former Yugoslav republics to jointly procure fixed-wing UASs for military reconnaissance as well as aerial surveillance and monitoring.

According to the manufacturer, the air vehicle has a 12 kg maximumtake-off weight, and operates at the tactical level providing a complete spectrum of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) operations. It offers up to 2.5 hours endurance at line-of-sight distances of up to 40 km and altitudes of up to about 13,000 ft. The nose-mounted payload typically features an 80x zoom gyro-stabilised electro-optical/thermal sensor. It can also be equipped with several different command-and-control datalinks.

For more information on the Belin UAS, please see Slovenian Armed Forces to receive new Belin-V UASs .

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