Armed Forces of Montenegro is expanding its drone fleet

Dron M19 Reaper

Ministry of Defense of Montenegro will acquire optoelectronic devices for the purposes of the units of the Armed Forces of Montenegro. Optoelectronic devices include unmanned aerial vehicles whose total value is estimated at €322.000.

Optoelectronic devices are means used for night surveillance and shooting, which convert image from invisible infra-red area into a visible area.


Units of the army require four thermovision sets, “first responder aerial kit” which includes gyrostabilized camera and a unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) that is able to fly not less than 25 minutes. Ministry also requested that thermal camera image resolution should not be less than 640 x 512 pixels and that entire kit should have at least two control devices with a screen for monitoring and documenting the identified situation in the field.

Ministry is planning to provide the army with two thermal multi-functional devices for target location which can magnify the image by at least six times and which have image resolution not weaker than 1280 x 1024 pixels in limited visibility mode.

Devices must have integrated GPS receiver for exchange of data with commercial GPS systems.

Units of the Armed Forces also need binocular devices for night observation, as well as 28 spyglasses. They will also acquire four thermovision targets capable of detecting humans at a distance of 1.500 meters, recognizing humans at a distance of 600 meters and identifying humans at a distance of 360 meters.

This equipment will cost the Ministry €472.680 and it will include equipment for infantry armament, equipment for Joint Terminal Attack Controller, diving equipment and kit for rescuers. Equipment for infantry armament will cost €33.680.

JTAC equipment will cost €23.000,diving equipment will cost €60.000, whereas equipment for rescuers will cost €34.000.


According to the Defense Strategy published earlier, Ministry is planning to train and equip 50% of land forces for taking part and 10% of land forces for sustainable engagement in  NATO peace and crisis response operations. Maximum contribution to NATO forces will be engagement of a reinforced infantry company deployed in two six-month rotations. One infantry company will be engaged to make contribution to leading NATO peace and crisis response operations.

Armed Forces will be equipped with 68 light-armored vehicles. By the end of the year, Ministry should have signed procurement contract.

Extending technological boundaries

The best equipped armies around the world are extending the technological boundaries. One of the fastest-developing weapons is unmanned aerial vehicle.

For example, M19 Reaper drone has radically changed the way in which the USA is carrying out military operations. It was first used in 2001 and it’s been used in a great number of missions across Iraq, Somalia and Pakistan ever since.

Military drones usually perform reconnaissance, spy and direct military tasks. American Air Force is planning to drastically increase its fleet of unmanned vehicles in the operational use.


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