New gen FlyEye light UAV for Polish territorial defense

The Armament Inspectorate of the Polish Ministry of Defense signed an agreement on 10 December with the WB Electronics company for the delivery of three sets of FlyEye mini-UAVs (four platforms in each set. The agreement also covers optional procurement of another nine sets. The UAVs will be assigned to the Polish Territorial Defense Component.

New gen FlyEye UAV for Polish territorial defense
FlyeEye set (Picture source: WB Electronics)

The agreement aims at the delivery of three sets of four modernized FlyEye UAVs each, along with a training package. Deliveries have been scheduled until the end of 2018, the MoD announced. The contract also envisages optional procurement of another nine sets. The Territorial Defense Component of the Polish army is soon to become the user of this equipment. It already received another product of the WB Group: Warmate loitering munitions.

The FlyEye mini-UAV is already being operated by other branches of the Polish army but the new order covers the third generation of this UAV. It has been fitted with a new optronic sensor and new batteries. Furthermore, its transmitter-receiver station and command and control systems underwent upgrades. Same applies to carrying cases and backpacks.

This drone is a modular system characterized by the ease of assembly and disassembly. Launch readiness can be achieved in less than 10 minutes. Hand-launch with no additional equipment which allows it to be operated in tight spaces and confined areas. This short-range mini-UAV is designed for surveillance and intelligence-gathering purposes. FlyEye is, by a standard, equipped with a sensor under the fuselage. Two cameras in the sensor system (visible light and thermal imaging camera) make it possible to switch between the video streams. FlyEye may be integrated with light precision-guided munitions, acoustic vector sensors or with sensors that may detect the source of shots. Depending on its use, FlyEye may also be integrated with other sensor systems.

The FlyEye UAV solution consists of FlyEye UAV platforms, observation and antenna systems, LGCS ground control station, data analysis station, portable RVT video terminal and a simulator with a video-synthesis ability.