Czech drone manufacturer Primoco UAV has added a new supervisory member to its board.
Retired brigadier general Josef Rada was voted in as the company’s latest board member.
CEO Ladislav Semetkovský described the expansion of the supervisory board as a step to ensure closer co-operation with state authorities. He said: “We have been co-operating with Mr Rada for a long time and we are very happy that he has agreed to have greater involvement in the running of our company.
“Thanks to his professional qualities and managerial experience, we asked him for support and advice on the ongoing certification of our company and unmanned aircraft, both in the civilian and military fields.”
Primoco is best known for its One 150 civilian unmanned aircraft, capable of flying completely independently according to programmed flight plans.
The key features of the aircraft are its size, maximum take-off weight of 150 kg, 15-hour flight time, 2,000-km range, cruising speed of 100-150 km/h, payload of 30 kg and fully automatic take-off and landing.
Former brigadier general Josef Rada was originally a military fighter pilot who flew mainly on MiG-21 aircraft.
During his career he held various management positions within the Czech Army and NATO structures, ending his military career as deputy commander of the Joint NATO Air Operations Control Centre.
From 2008 to 2018, he was the director of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Czech Republic.