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Germany assesses Mikado UAV performance
Germany has completed an evaluation of the Mikado UAS, testing incremental updates that have been introduced into the system.
The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) tasked the Bundeswehr Technical Centre for Aircraft and Aeronautical Equipment with the evaluation of the quadcopter’s characteristics, carrying out the assessment at the Feilenmoos test site in May 2019 in cooperation with the Air Force Centre of Aerospace Medicine.
The Camouflage, Concealment and Deception Technology Unit at the Training Center Munster and the Special Operations Forces Command supported the planning, execution, and evaluation of the tests, which assessed the handling during flight as well as the air vehicle’s transportability across various obstacles during multiple test phases.
The tests also focused on the evaluation of the system’s reconnaissance capability, and it underwent a specifically-developed ‘reconnaissance mission’, during which it had to find and identify different targets in the visual and infrared spectrum.
The different tests showed the strengths and weaknesses of the system, the government said, and further tests will be performed on the basis of these results.
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