Russia to Build Mini Drone for Vietnam
mars 15, 2012 Laisser un commentaire
MOSCOW, March 15 (RIA Novosti)
Russian warplane maker Irkut has signed a contract with Vietnam to build a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the Southeast Asian country, Izvestia daily reported on Thursday.
The $10 million deal, with Vietnam Aerospace Association (VASA), was signed on Wednesday, Yury Malov, head of the Irkut Engineering, Irkut’s subsidiary, told Izvestia.
The firm will build a 100-kilogram mini-drone, as well as transmitting and remote control systems to operate it. It will also help « teach the Vietnamese side how to maintain and use the drones » until VASA « has had the experience » enabling it to build the UAVs itself, Malov said.
He said the UAVs are intended for civilian use but could « in future » be used for defense purposes.
VASA refused to confirm it had struck the deal.
Irkut has already built UAVs for Belarus.
Malov said Irkut may launch a « serial production » of UAVs for Vietnam should it like the Russian drone.