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New UAVs for Austrian Army Training

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Defense Minister Klug Delivers New UAV Systems to Army School

(Source: Austrian Ministry of Defence; issued April 30, 2015)

(Issued in German only; unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)

EISENSTADT, Austria --- Today, Defence Minister Gerald Klug handed six new unmanned air vehicles to the Army Troops School in Martin barracks, in Eisenstadt. The drones are of the "Tracker" type, and include a ground control station for monitoring, a day and night vision camera and a tracking antenna.

Modern reconnaissance drone systems

Defense Gerald Klug said at today's handover: "The Austrian Armed Forces now have six modern reconnaissance drone systems for use at home and abroad. The drones are designed to protect soldiers, and are an integral part of the military environment."

The drones are used for training, and provide real-time information. Various sensors scan every centimeter of the operating area and transmit data via radio at distances of up to ten kilometers from the flight controller. Drones can be used by soldiers to clarify conflict, surveillance lines or border zones, and also explore terrain sections for use in disaster relief.

The cost to the Austrian Armed Forces amounts to three million euros, including the necessary spare parts, accessories, and training for 16 specialists who operate the training system.

Whatever the weather

A drone weighs 8.5 kg, including the ground control station, and is virtually weatherproof and independent. As a reconnaissance system, it can fly for 90 minutes at altitudes of up to 600 meters and speeds of up to 90 km / h. The unmanned aircraft are approved as military aircraft. This means that the highest standards are applied for their authorization and operation. Thus, the safety of the operating personnel, airspace users and people on the ground can be assured.

Exercise and training areas

The army considered that every use of the drones is subject to protection of privacy of the population, and is subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Act and of copyright laws. The drone operator knows this legislation very closely, and plans exercise and training areas accordingly.

The operation of the drones is performed normally in flight restriction areas. These include the training areas at Allentsteig, Seetaler Alps and Felixdorf. In addition, other areas can be activated as required on a limited, time-restricted basis.