On display at the Hungarian Ministry of Defence stand at Future Forces Forum in Prague this week is a model of the NEMERE (R-01) search and surveillance UAV. Developed by the MoD Electronics, Logistics and Property Management Directorate (HM EI), NEMERE is suitable for both military and civil purposes, the latter including police, disaster relief, border security, tax and customs administration missions.
Three years in development, NEMERE is now in the final testing phase with a brigade reconnaissance company of the Hungarian army, according to Antal Gyurkovics, Sales Manager for Techimpex, representing HM EI at Future Forces. "Everything on the aircraft is Hungarian in origin with the exception of the camera,” he told Mönch. A system will comprise three air vehicles and a portable, easy to operate ground control panel, also developed by HM EI.
Col. Szabo from the MoD J4 Logistics Directorate explained to Mönch that although there is no formal requirement as yet, there are strong indications that three Hungarian army brigades could eventually be equipped with NEMERE, with each reconnaissance platoon fielding a system. This would indicate a requirement for around 27-30 air vehicles in total, plus, perhaps, a small quantity to cater for attrition losses.
NEMERE weighs 5-7kg, has a wingspan of 2.3m and a range of some 15km. Maximum flight time is cited as 2 hours, and the air vehicle features electric propulsion and a service ceiling of 1,000 metres.
Also under development is a somewhat larger UAV, the ORKAN XS-01, which is aimed more at the remote sensing market, according to Gyurkovics. ORKAN also features electric propulsion, has a wingspan of 3.3m and weighs 8-12kg.