According to information obtained by Army Recognition from the Luxembourg Ministry of Defense, six Czech-made Primoco One 150 UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) were delivered to Ukraine by Luxembourg. These drones were purchased by Luxembourg as part of military aid to the Ukrainian armed forces following the invasion of the country by Russian troops.
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Primoco One 150 drone at IDET defense exhibition in Czech Republic, May 2019. (Picture source Army Recognition)
Citing open source information, Luxembourg has already delivered to Ukraine military equipment and combat vehicles including HUMVEE tactical vehicles, NLAW guided missiles, night vision systems, military tents, generators as well as ammunition including 122mm rockets for BM-21 MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System), RPG-7 rockets, and 12.7mm rounds.
The Primoco One 150 is a medium-sized UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) developed and manufactured by the Czech company Primoco UAV. The drone is designed to perform surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The drone successfully conducted its first flying test for military applications in September 2020.
Citing information from Army-Technology website, the Primoco One 150 UAV can be equipped with military communication systems and an electro-optical reconnaissance system. It features a radio station from L3Harris and ANW2C datalinks from Persistent Systems. It also features a gimbal-mounted Epsilon 180 full HD electro-optical (EO)/middle wavelength infrared (MWIR) observation unit, SD thermal imaging channel in the MWIR band, and a laser rangefinder.
The Primoco One 150 features tail booms and wings mounted on the upper part of the fuselage. The drone is based on a fully composite airframe and has fixed tricycle-type landing gear. It has a length of 3.65 m, a wingspan of 4.85 m, and a height of 1.25 m. The maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of the UAV is 150 kg and the maximum payload capacity is up to 30 kg.
The Primoco One 150 is powered by a 340 four-stroke, four-cylinder, fuel injection piston engine with two propellers located at the rear of the fuselage. It has a flight time of up to 15 hours, a range from the ground station of up to 200 km, and an overall distance covered of up to 2,000 km.
The Primoco One 150 is operated by remote control during each phase of flight, but additionally, the integrated auto-pilot system means that it is capable of fully automatic take-off and landing, and fully autonomous flight plan execution. Its short runway length of 300 meters provides customers with the capability to execute aerial missions from remote locations and limited airport facilities.