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UAV Navigation customer, Primoco UAV, receives European LUC authorization, opening the way to NATO STANAG 4703 qualification

● Primoco UAV becomes the first European fixed-wing UAV manufacturer to achieve the Light UAS Operator Certificate (LUC).
● UAV Navigation’s long-term client is also pursuing NATO STANAG 4703 qualification.
● Thanks to this authorization Primoco UAV has executed the first successful BVLOS-flight of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in German military airspace.

UAV Navigation’s long-time flight control customer, Primoco UAV, has been granted the Light UAS Operator Certificate (LUC) in the ‘Specific’ category. This is the first time such a certification has been issued to an unmanned fixed-wing platform manufacturer in Europe (previously awarded only for rotary-wing platforms).

This authorization allows the Czech manufacturer to carry out the most challenging flight operations, as the authorization is the highest level that can be achieved under current European regulations.

“The Primoco UAV Model ONE 150 has a maximum take-off weight of 150 kg combined with 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. This endurance combined with a cruise speed of 100–150 km/h gives the Primoco UAV – compared to electric aircraft – unmatched performance in its category, while at the same time operating costs are kept to a minimum. The unique features of the UAV ONE 150 are its 30 kg payload and its high-altitude capability allowing extended missions with a mixed sensor payload and operation at altitudes of 2,000 m or higher” stated Primoco.

LUC will allow the Czech company to operate its platform for critical infrastructure inspections and other applications as authorized within the European framework.

Thanks to this authorization Primoco UAV has executed the first successful BVLOS-flight of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) while regular air traffic was happening in the military airspace of the Bundeswehr in Manching, event that may be executed anywhere in Europe with this certification.
In addition to LUC certification, Primoco has also been approved as a Design and Manufacturing Organization in accordance with EMAR 21 military standards, and it is also in the process of obtaining certification in accordance with NATO STANAG 4703.

These approvals mean that the Company is unique in the UAV world as it is able to offer aircraft manufactured to standards that are recognized globally by aviation authorities.

UAV Navigation is proud to have been working with Primoco as a key system supplier since 2016. Close cooperation between the technical teams allowed rapid development of the platform from prototype to mature system. The collaboration is yet another example of UAV Navigation’s philosophy, which is to form long-term partnerships with its clients. UAV Navigation’s aim is to apply its experience in order to ensure success in every client’s project.

UAV Navigation – Grupo Oesía

UAV Navigation is a private and independent company, consisting of 100% Spanish capital. It has specialized in the design of Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) solutions for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) since 2004. Its flight control solutions are characterized by their reliability and robustness, being used on all kinds of platforms and in all weather conditions. These include high-performance tactical unmanned planes, VTOL fixed wing aircraft, aerial targets, mini-UAVs and helicopters.

UAV Navigation is part of Oesia, a multinational Spanish group with more than 45 years experience in the design, development and maintenance of cutting-edge technology for the Security, Defense and
Aerospace sectors. It has a long history of avionics development for important projects. The Oesia Group has been involved in the whole life cycle (design, development, qualification and maintenance) of critical and non-critical flight systems for Eurofighter EF-2000, A-400M, F-18, C-295, P3-B Orion and the MH-60R.

The Group is now involved in the highest level European UAV projects such as the FCAS/NGWS,
Eurodrone and SIRTAP.

Oesia Group has over 3,500 employees working in over 15 locations throughout Spain, Europe and America. It is working on projects in 23 different countries with the main aim of creating a better, more
efficient, safe and sustainable world. UAV Navigation also has a worldwide network of distributors to support its cutting-edge capabilities around the world:  www.uavnavigation.com

Primoco UAV

Czech company Primoco UAV develops the One 150 unmanned aircraft which is aimed at both civilian
and military markets. The One 150 is capable of flying completely independently according to programmed flight plans, including fully automatic take-off and landing. One of the key features of the aircraft is its exceptional endurance: no less than 15 hours non-stop flying time at a cruising speed of 100-150 km/h, which represents a range of up to 2,000 km. With a maximum take-off weight of 150 kg and a payload of 30 kg, the One 150 can be used for a wide range of civilian and military operations. The Company’s aircraft is currently used on three continents for pipeline inspections and monitoring of distribution networks in the energy sector, ensuring border and coastal security, monitoring fires and in search and rescue operations. Primoco UAV SE is a publicly-traded company on the Prague START market.


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