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D&S 2017: Thai military’s UAV research bears fruit

9th November 2017 - 10:13 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Bangkok


The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) is working on a platform called the Fixed-wing UAV with VTOL-Enabling Capability (FUVEC), displaying one of four prototypes at the Defense & Security 2017 expo in Bangkok.

The hybrid FUVEC is designed for shipboard operations, hence the desire for a VTOL ability that requires a 5m² deck space to land. Indeed, it will be the first fixed-wing/multi-rotor UAV for the RTN.

Its wingspan measures 4.5m. The FUVEC weighs 38kg, of which 8kg can be a payload. The Naval Research & Development Office specified a speed of 100km/h, four-hour endurance and ceiling of 2km.

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