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2016-08-09 00:00:00

Mexican Navy Begins Operations with New UAV

The Mexican Secretariat of the Navy (SEMAR) has deployed Arcturus T-20 JUMP unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) to the coast of Sonora for maritime surveillance operations.

The surveillance system and its aircraft were officially handed over at the headquarters of the Naval Sector of Puerto Peñasco to the Mexican Navy on 28 July by the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), which is understood to have financed its procurement.

Admiral Vidal Soberón Sanz, secretary of navy, said during the ceremony that the new UAVs are expected to provide a significant increase in the services surveillance and interception capabilities in that region.

Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, secretary of SEMARNAT, said the T-20s will be primarily used as part of the governments efforts to protect a rare species of porpoise only found in the northern part of the Gulf of California. The aircraft will allow increased surveillance of a preservation area there, operating day and night to detect illegal intrusions and illegal fishing.

The navys Arcturus T-20 JUMP surveillance system includes three UAVs that can be fitted with Cloud Cap Technologies TASE 200 or 400 gyro-stabilised gimbal electro-optics and infrared payloads, a vehicle-mounted control station, a logistics vehicle, control and satellite antennas, a pneumatic catapult for launching the aircraft, and a support vehicle.

The T-20 JUMP is an evolution of the original T-20 with added quad vertical rotors, thus providing a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability. It retains other T-20 characteristics, including a maximum speed of 72 kt and endurance up to 16 hours, depending on the payload.


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