SHAH ALAM: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency will be getting the latest version of the Thales Fulmar mini-UAV – the Fulmar X – by year end. MMEA will be operating the Fulmar X on board its New Generation Patrol Craft (NGPC), the first of six is being built by Destini Shipbuilding Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of public listed, Destini Bhd.
Fulmar X builds on the earlier system build the Thales Spanish division. The latest version was unveiled at the Farnborough air show yesterday.
With the early arrival of the Fulmar X ahead of the commissioning of the first NGPC, MMEA will have the chance to operate the UAVs from other vessels or from land if it wishes to do so.
The 20kg carbon fibre UAV has endurance of more than 8 hours and a range of 80 km. It is launched using a catapult and recovered automatically with a net, which can be operated in very confined areas such as a ship or vehicle.
The recovery system is available in a number of configurations for quick, easy deployment from a fixed location with no dedicated infrastructure. According to Thales,the UAV carries a combined EO/IR sensor so that operations can continue into the night.
With its modular design, the Fulmar X system can readily be fitted with other equipment such as AIS automatic identification system or Mode 3/C transponder to meet the requirements of each customer and mission.
Fulmar X makes extensive use of off-the-shelf technology to benefit from the latest developments in sensors and engines, while complying with the highest standards of reliability and safety.
Deployed as a stand-alone system or fully integrated to wider surveillance systems, Fulmar X is designed to share its intelligence. Easy to deploy and maintain, the Fulmar X delivers high performance for a wide range of missions, whilst maintaining low operating costs, making it a very cost-effective UAV solution.
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