Mar 21, 2016 00:59 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff
First exports of Thales’ Fulmar UAVs are going to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency. The Malaysian shipbuilder has contracted Thales to deliver six of the mini-UAVs, which will be used for surveillance, reconnaissance, and border control missions, and is expected to cost around $1.1 million. Fulmar works with a catapult-based launcher system and net landing capability. It is available for use with a variety of fuel types such as diesel oil, JP8 and JP5, approved for use on combat ships. Thales are expected to produce up to 25 models over the next two years, with the company pushing its use by Spain’s Military Emergencies Unit and the Naval Infantry Force.
Thales’ Fulmar UAVs
Fulmar is classified in the mini-UAV segment. Its size is 3.1 meters and weighs 19 kilos, it flies to the altitude of 3,000 meters and can achieve a speed of 150 kilometers per hour. It has a range of eight hours due to a low consumption of the aircraft in flight as a result of its aerodynamic design, and it can fly 800 km without refueling.
This Spanish design counts on a terrestrial and a maritime version. Fulmar is purely Spanish, contributing with a profitable closeness to equipment maintenance as well as to operators’ training.
Fulmar is a competitive solution that can be adapted to different needs and can integrate with other systems to provide a global solution. @thalesgroup.com
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