UAV Navigation customer, Primoco UAV, receives European LUC authorization

opening the way to NATO STANAG 4703 qualification

  • Primoco UAV becomes the first European fixed-wing UAV manufacturer to achieve the Light UAS Operator Certificate (LUC).
  • UAV Navigation’s long-term client is also pursuing NATO STANAG 4703 qualification.
  • Thanks to this authorization Primoco UAV has executed the first successful BVLOS-flight of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)in German military airspace.

UAV Navigation’s long-time flight control customer, Primoco UAV, has been granted the Light UAS Operator Certificate (LUC) in the ‘Specific’ category. This is the first time such a certification has been issued to an unmanned fixed-wing platform manufacturer in Europe (previously awarded only for rotary-wing platforms).

This authorization allows the Czech manufacturer to carry out the most challenging flight operations, as the authorization is the highest level that can be achieved under current European regulations.

“The Primoco UAV Model ONE 150 has a maximum take-off weight of 150 kg combined with a flight time of up to 15 hours, a range from the ground station of up to 200 km and an overall distance covered of up to 2,000 km. This endurance combined with a cruise speed of 100–150 km/h gives the Primoco UAV – compared to electric aircraft – unmatched performance in its category, while at the same time operating costs are kept to a minimum. The unique features of the UAV ONE 150 are its 30 kg payload and its high-altitude capability allowing extended missions with a mixed sensor payload and operation at altitudes of 2,000 m or higher” stated Primoco.

LUC will allow the Czech company to operate its platform for critical infrastructure inspections and other applications as authorized within the European framework. Thanks to this authorization Primoco UAV has executed the first successful BVLOS-flight of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) while regular air traffic was happening in the military airspace of the Bundeswehr in Manching, an event that may be executed anywhere in Europe with this certification.

In addition to LUC certification, Primoco has also been approved as a Design and Manufacturing Organization in accordance with EMAR 21 military standards, and it is also in the process of obtaining certification in accordance with NATO STANAG 4703. These approvals mean that the Company is unique in the UAV world as it is able to offer aircraft manufactured to standards that are recognized globally by aviation authorities.

UAV Navigation is proud to have been working with Primoco as a key system supplier since 2016. Close cooperation between the technical teams allowed rapid development of the platform from prototype to mature system. The collaboration is yet another example of UAV Navigation’s philosophy, which is to form long-term partnerships with its clients. UAV Navigation’s aim is to apply its experience in order to ensure success in every client’s project.