Romanian aircraft equipment producer Aerostar signed a cooperation agreement with British company U-TacS to manufacture Watchkeeper X drones in Romania. The British company is a joint venture between Elbit Systems and Thales to manufacture the drones in Britain, with a special factory already established in the city of Lester for production of the drones. The agreement is intended to lay the groundwork for bidding for a potential tender in Romania for supply of the aircraft.
The Janes website reported that a social media post by Lucian Daniel Stanciu Viziteu, mayor of the Romanian town of Bacau, showed a model of the Watchkeeper X drone at the signing ceremony held by the Romanian company and the British company. The Watchkeeper X, which was introduced in 2015 by Thales, is a large drone with a dual payload that allows a variety of equipment such as cameras, radar and electronic surveillance equipment to be installed.
For example, the remote-controlled aircraft can be equipped with a day/night navigational camera, optical sensors such as electro-optical and infrared equipment, ground and maritime surveillance radar, communication intelligence systems (CommINT), and cryptographic electronic support measures, according to Janes.
There was no comment from British company U-TacS regarding the report.