19. Juni 2023

Primoco UAV and Airbus defence and space sign a memorandum of understanding.

Czech UAV manufacturer Primoco UAV SE executed a Memorandum of understanding with Airbus Defence and Space and its affiliate, Airbus DS Airborne Solutions, on cooperation in the area of unmanned aerial systems.

Primoco UAV unmanned aerial vehicles have gained significant market share in recent years with continuous growth in the number of systems operated worldwide. With the Primoco UAS (unmanned aerial system) not only compliant to the latest European Union UAS regulation but also compliant with NATO EMAR and STANAG standards, it is the system of choice for customers who seek a platform able to meet strict regulatory requirements with high effectiveness and operational safety. Primoco UAS are authorised to operate in numerous European countries including Germany, Spain, Denmark, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Iceland and many others based on the cross-border acceptance of the OEM´s certification. Its EU operational approval was also a subject to recent successful audit performed by the national aviation authority as a part of EASA supervision of the implementation of UAV regulations.

The tripartite MoU aims to bring together each party ́s expertise, paving the way for a fruitful cooperation. Airbus Defence and Space will contribute with its long-lasting and proven experience in airworthiness matters and will focus through its subsidiary Airbus DS Airborne Solutions, on the international UAS services market in the commercial and law enforcement domain.

The relevance of UAS is increasing exponentially in defence, as we currently witness in Ukraine. It is also quickly becoming a factor in commercial applications for border and coastal security, fire monitoring, search and rescue, connectivity or agriculture and smart farming,” said Mike Schoellhorn, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space. “We have been pioneering unmanned platforms since many years. Our collaboration with Primoco is an additional element of building a European ecosystem of a universe of UAVs, both at the service of our armed forces and of society in general.”

The CEO and founder of Primoco UAV SE, Mr. Ladislav Semetkovský considers the MoU with Airbus Defence and Space to be a turning point: “Airbus Defence and Space is a global leader in aerospace solutions in more than 130 countries. Its knowledge base, including advanced research activities, experience with the introduction of sophisticated systems and breadth of portfolio across various platforms will allow us to explore the new capabilities of our UAS systems at a completely different level. With our common European background, the results of this cooperation will be primarily beneficial for European industry. We are thrilled by the signing of the MoU as it allows us to elevate our combined UAS potential.”

Primoco UAV develops and produces the One 150 civilian and military unmanned aircraft, capable of flying completely independently according to programmed flight plans.  The key features of the aircraft are its size, maximum take-off weight 150 kg, 15 hours endurance, 2000 km range, cruising speed 120 km/h, payload 30 kg and fully automatic take-off and landing.  The company focuses on civil and military aerospace applications, particularly in energy, border and coastal security, fire monitoring and search and rescue operations. The company’s aircraft is in operation on four continents. Primoco UAV is a publicly traded company on the Prague Stock Exchange in the PX START market.

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