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New military drone needs to stay on the ground

its wingspan is 17 meters and can fly for 24 hours: The new age of enlightenment Switzerland, the drone. One of six Israeli drones, which buys, Switzerland, is

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New military drone needs to stay on the ground

its wingspan is 17 meters and can fly for 24 hours: The new age of enlightenment Switzerland, the drone. One of six Israeli drones, which buys, Switzerland, is now on the military airfield in Emmen. For the time being, but they do not stand still.

Originally, the six new drones would have on the acquisition cost of which amounted to 250 million Swiss francs, in the year 2019 should be delivered. Because the previous reconnaissance drones from the year 1995 are already in operation since the end of November except. But it is no longer enough. Because the delivery of the new drones Hermes 900 HFE by the Israeli manufacturer Elbit is delayed.

at the moment, we assume that the delay takes approximately six months, said Roland Ledermann, project Manager for the reconnaissance drone system 15 (ADS 15) of Armasuisse on Monday at the military airfield in Emmen in front of the media. Until the new drone stand out, be a helicopter to take over the task.

the reason for the delay: In the case of the certification of unplanned extra was effort. They are also based on an authorisation by the Israeli civilian aviation authority. And it is still waiting.

The increased requirements for certification, but not only to the delay in the delivery, but also to more cost. How high these will be is still unclear and should be communicated in the course of the next year, such as leather man said. Already known currency-related costs.

training starts at the beginning of 2020

One of these new drones is already in a hall at the military airfield in Emmen. The reason for the managers to present them to the Public. Finally, the procurement of Israeli drones was not undisputed. 2015 had been filed against it a Petition with over 28,000 signatures, also in Parliament, there were critical voices.

The unmanned aircraft with a length of nine meters is similar to a glider pilot. With a 40-foot shipping container it was delivered from Israel to Switzerland, and would be fully operational. Because the drone must remain still on the ground, it is used initially for the training of future pilots. This starts at the beginning of 2020.

The drone of military pilots who complete the appropriate conversion to the new devices can fly. The operation is fundamentally different than the previous drones, said Daniel Böhm from the drone command Emmen. In addition to the pilots, it also needs mechanics, electricians and telecommunications specialists, automation technicians, who take care of the drones.

Christoph Fehr from the command operations, who represented the media the user of the new system, said, with the new drones you have in the future, reliable information in real time. The smaller the army, the more important is the quality of the information. Higher, longer, further, better adjectives, what are the drones of the new enlightenment were described perfectly.

In Emmen stationed

The drones are used also to support the border guard in the Surveillance of the green border, in the search for Missing persons in the mountains or in the situation assessment after a natural disaster, said Fehr. To be stationed on the military airfield in Emmen; from there you can reach any point in Switzerland.

The new drones are capable of expansion. This means that you can, in the future, if necessary, new Sensors can be installed. That was in the previous drones is not possible. The duration of use of the new education system is 15 to 20 years.

In contrast to the previous drones from the year 1995 are not the new quieter, the sound is so high and not so snappy as the responsible insure. He was moving in a different frequency range. The discarded Threaten to be taken apart and disposed of. Some make it to the Museum. Two hanging in a hall at the military airfield in Emmen. There, you worry, after just a few days, in retirement, already for nostalgia. (nag/sda)

Created: 09.12.2019, 15:35 PM

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