Munich-based drone manufacturer Quantum-Systems has inked a pivotal framework agreement with the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), to supply Vector reconnaissance drones to the Special Forces of the German Armed Forces.
Deployment for Precise Reconnaissance
This development comes after the BAAINBw initiated the “FALKE” project in November 2022, aiming to procure advanced, short-range, remotely piloted reconnaissance systems. Quantum-Systems emerged successful in the competitive bid, meeting complex performance specifications and numerous requirements.
The delivery of the first 14 of these Unmanned Aerial Systems is slated for the last quarter of 2024. The drones are expected to serve as a rapid and independent system for precise reconnaissance in various operational scenarios faced by the Bundeswehr.
Advanced Features for Special Operations
The Vector drone, capable of vertical take-off and landing, is designed to fulfill the German Army’s special forces' specific operational needs, offering optimized tactical reconnaissance. It promises precise reconnaissance capabilities over a range of up to 30 km and can stay airborne for up to three hours. Equipped with the integrated 'Raptor' combi-sensor, it features both optical and infrared cameras, allowing for operations in day and night and under challenging environmental conditions in various climates.
Strategic Milestone for Quantum-Systems
For Quantum-Systems, this agreement represents more than a supply contract; it’s a strategic and emotional milestone. Sven Kruck, CSO of Quantum-Systems, remarked that the Vector system, designed with high mobility and long flight times in mind, is more than just equipment. It's a significant contribution to the armed forces and, by extension, to the security of Europe. “We are certain that this step will enable us to make an important contribution to the Bundeswehr and another to the security of Europe," stated Kruck.
This procurement underscores the evolving operational needs of modern armed forces and the role advanced technology plays in meeting them. As military units across the globe continue to integrate more advanced technology, the focus remains on ensuring that these enhancements serve the strategic needs of the defense infrastructure and contribute to regional and global security.