Croatian Forests Purchase Pilotless Aircraft

Lauren Simmonds

The state company wants to improve surveillance and forest security by using new technologies.

As Marija Brnic/Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 6th of August, 2018, Croatian forests (Hrvatske šume) are acquiring two drones.

In addition to field monitoring and a faster response to flood and fire damage, these new unmanned aircraft would also be able to monitor the state of biomass and the overall condition of the forests.

Last year, with the help of the European Union project Red Faith, the state-run company learned about further possibilities for airborne video technology in the renovation of forests, and now they’re purchasing two such aircraft – the unmanned Fixed Wing plane, the estimated value of which stands at around 74,000 kuna without VAT, and the unmanned “Move Wing” worth approximately 192,000 without VAT.

“Fixed Wing” has an operating weight of 25 kilograms, with a multi-spectrum and RGB camera, a battery life of at least 50 minutes, a speed of at least 100 kilometres per hour, an operating range of 2 kilometres and a flight height of 300 metres.

The “Move Wing” boasts four rotors and its 20-minute flight autonomy has a built-in autopilot for automatic navigation, as well as a safety parachute, a flight speed of over 50 kilometres per hour, and a 150 metres flight height.

Offers will continue being collected until the 23rd of August this year, and the agreement is expected to be concluded in September with fast delivery of about fifteen days. The drones will otherwise be delivered to the Osijek branch of Forest Management.


Click here for the original article by Marija Brnic for Poslovni Dnevnik


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