As Poslovni Dnevnik/VLM writes on the 27th of August, 2019, the new unmanned aerial system (drone) of the Croatian Army Orbiter 3 was unveiled at the Piket Sports Airport in Sinj. It is a new tool used for the needs of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Croatia, and among other things, it plays a role in keeping an eye on the fire season, which was showcased at the presentation.
According to a report from the Divulje Operational Fire Command about activities in the ”field” which could involve a potential pyromaniac (arsonist), the crew of the unmanned aeronautical system found the target and went ahead with proper surveillance.
During the drone’s surveillance, the occurrence of possible low vegetation ignition was observed as the craft got lower. The new Croatian Army drone was then spotted by the potential pyroman, which caused him to be distracted, the MOD (MORH) said in a statement.
The unmanned aeronautical system consists of a launch ramp, six drones and complete supporting logistics. Its range is 150 kilometres and it can be in the air for up to six hours at a time.
”It is a dual use system which means that it is used for both military and civilian purposes. This system has dramatically increased the capabilities of the Croatian Army in the field of aerial intelligence gathering,” Major Kriletić concluded.
According to the MOD, during the fire season, which is between June the 17th to August the 25th, the team of unmanned aeronautical systems was engaged 29 times, calculating 48.37 hours of flight time in total.
The primary objective of Orbiter 3 is to carry out fishing control tasks for the Ministry of Agriculture, the Croatian Army, and it also supports numerous civilian institutions, as well as at sea, fire protection and rescue tasks.
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