Quantum-Systems’ clientele grows globally as company builds up family of sUAVs.
Shephard Media spoke with Dave Sharpin, CEO of Quantum-Systems, at the Modern Day Marine (MDM) expo in Washington, DC about the company’s new clients and future platforms.
At MDM, the company showcased a new version of the Vector electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) fixed-wing small unmanned aerial system (sUAS), which has a wingspan of 2.8m, a speed of 29-39kt and a maximum operating altitude of 4,500m AMSL.
The latest version has new motors and speed controllers, plus a three-hour battery (compared to two hours in previous models).
Quantum-Systems explained to Shephard that in 2022, US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and US Customs and Border Patrol acquired an undisclosed number of platforms. For 2023, SOCOM has ordered additional examples, and for 2024, there is a new order of roughly 100 platforms.
The Vector is already operational in Ukraine, with 40 systems ordered in 2022, 100 in 2023, and a new order for 300 systems for 2024.
Sharpin told Shephard that 'today, 28 June, we are showcasing the Vector to the Brazilian Army’ and also mentioned demos for the armed forces of Colombia, Mexico, and potentially Peru in the future.
Asked about what makes Vector different to other sUAS on the market, Sharpin explained that the platform can turn into a 2-in-1: the wings and tail can be removed, and a boom and props can be added so the platform becomes the Scorpion eVTOL multicopter.
The Scorpion has a 1.37m span and a command and control range of 30km with a laptop.
Sharpin explained to Shephard that one complete Vector system is transported in a case. One sUAV, the radio, the ground control station, a tripod and attachable rotors weigh 12 kg (batteries are transported separately).
Looking to the future, Quantum seeks to build a family of sUAS. ‘At the Association of the United States Army 2023 expo, we will showcase for the first time a smaller VTOL platform,’ Sharpin announced, while a larger model is also in development.
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