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Thales, Aerovision Present Frontex With UAV For Border Control

Fulmar UAV Was The Only Fully Spanish Model Presented To The European Agency For Border Control Purposes

Thales and Aerovisión have given a real flight demonstration of the Fulmar UAV for the European Agency Frontex, which is charged with coordinating the border control operations of the European Union member states.

Fulmar is a wholly Spanish project that is a global solution that uses the Maritime Surveillance Systems of Thales Group. These systems supply images and video in real time and integrate the information in a security system, as is the case with border control. Such systems facilitate surveillance and control of maritime and border traffic and can provide inestimable support to rescue operations.
The Fulmar UAV is a small-size model weighing only 41 pounds that can fly at a height of 10,000 feet and achieve 80 knots, with an 8-hour flight range that would allow it to fly nearly 500 miles without having to refuel.
The demonstration for border authorities organized by Frontex was held at the Aktio Air Base in the Greek locality of Preveza. For three days, several international UAV manufacturers performed test flights patrolling the west coast of Greece, with Fulmar being the only Spanish product to demonstrate its capacities in a market dominated by unmanned aerial vehicles from the United States and Israel.
The demonstration confirmed the ease of installation and flying of the UAV, as it does not require a runway for takeoff and landing. It is launched from a catapult and is recovered by means of an impact-absorbing net. Both elements are simple to install in a short time and in different places. This facilitates the assembly and handling of the system and differentiates it from other models on the market.

In the demonstration for border authorities organized by Frontex, the Fulmar flew for two hours, detecting the information sent in from the different points established for the flight and sending images and video in real time that were viewed by the attendants at the ground base. The aircraft displayed its capacity to integrate with maritime surveillance systems such as radars, a crucial aspect in this type of unmanned aerial surveillance system. (Image provided by Aerovision)



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