Hungary unveils new jet-propelled drone for military use

Hungarian-made ProTAR drone. (Magyar Nemzet/Miklós Teknős)
By Dénes Albert
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Hungary’s Rotors & Cams Zrt., along with the country’s military, unveiled on Monday the first domestic-made drone for military use, daily Magyar Nemzet reports.

According to the company’s statement, the ProTAR drone was developed specifically for military use and is intended to improve the air defense capabilities of the military. The unique jet-propelled drone will serve as a target for Hungarian air defense units, which must hit the drone during simulated alerts.

A variety of readiness situations can be simulated using the drone, avoiding the use of high-value aircraft and pilots.

The development will radically reduce the material and human risks of air defense exercises, as well as the cost of implementation. The unmanned aircraft has a top speed of 500 km/h, a flight altitude of 6,000 meters, an operating time of 60 minutes, a communication range of 75 kilometers, and the ability to fly in formation, a unique feature in terms of the world market for jet-propelled drones.

The device can quickly gain altitude after being launched from a ramp, which was also developed in Hungary. It takes under two minutes to reload the launcher, another unique feature in the world market.

The final component of the system is the ground control station, operated by nine people.

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