Last Wednesday night, July 8th, a surveillance drone of the Dutch army crashed on a business park on the Maasvlakte near Rotterdam. That reports RTV Rijnmond. It would be a recently purchased fixed-wing drone of the type Puma. This costs around 250,000 euros and is mainly used for surveillance purposes. The drone was previously used to enforce the corona measures.
The drone landed on the grounds of APM Terminals Rotterdam (APMTR). Shortly after the crash, two customs officials reported to the company. The drone was initially not recovered. The drone could only be salvaged in daylight. The drone would have crashed into a position after the connection to the pilot was lost.
According to sources from RTV Rijnmond, the drone has recently been tested, with the aim of detecting drug smugglers who open containers on the grounds of ECT and APMTR. The drone was also previously used to check from the air whether the corona measures were properly followed up.
The Puma UAV is an American-made battery-powered fixed-wing drone. The device is equipped with, among other things, a daylight camera and a thermal imager. Depending on the version, the maximum flight time is between 2 and 5.5 hours. The device weighs between 6 and 10 kg and must be launched manually.