The Portuguese Army Material General Support Unit took delivery of the first eight AeroVironment RQ-11B Raven Digital Data Link (DDL) lightweight hand-launched tactical unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) on 27 June, the army general staff's force planning division has told Jane's.
The UASs will be delivered to Artillery Regiment No 5's Surveillance Systems Company.
Twelve UASs were purchased by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) on behalf of the Portuguese Army under a USD5.9 million multiyear contract awarded on 20 August 2018. This includes 36 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), 36 electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) payloads, 12 ground control stations, 36 EO payloads for training purposes, 12 initial spare parts kits, and 18 remote video terminals (RVTs) with radio systems, as well as a comprehensive training package.
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