Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Military Space News .

Venezuela serious about producing drones
by Staff Writers
Caracas, Venezuela (UPI) Oct 16, 2012

disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is pursuing plans to develop a home-grown defense industry topped by a drone built reportedly with Chinese, Iranian and Russian help.

Drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles and associated systems have won over Venezuela's military procurers who see the UAVs as a conveniently cheaper supplement -- if not yet an alternative -- to expensive combat aircraft.

Chavez has been hinting at a drone development program since early this year even as he was preoccupied with treatment to cure him of an unspecified cancer and his bid toward re-election.

Earlier in October Chavez won 54 percent of the national vote, calling it a "perfect victory."

Since defeating opposition leader Henrique Capriles, Chavez has redoubled efforts to inject new life into a fledgling defense industry. The drone project is part of that effort.

Chavez announced after a meeting with military and defense officials that Venezuela has made its first drone in partnership with China, Iran and Russia and hopes to start exporting quantities of the craft.

"It is one of the three planes that we have manufactured here, and we are continuing to make them ... not just for military use, (as) much of its equipment is for civilian use," Chavez said.

The drones were developed in cooperation with "Russia, China, Iran and other allied countries," Chavez said during the address broadcast on radio and television.

Chavez has yet to outline the kind of assistance received from China, Iran or Russia but has said said the drone developed locally is intended as a surveillance tool and will not be armed.

Technical details of the drone are still sketchy but Gen. Julio Morales, president of the state-run Venezuelan Military Industrial Co., said the drone is about 13 feet long and 10 feet wide and equipped to take photographs and video.

The craft has a 60-mile sweep and can fly for about 90 minutes and reach an altitude of 9,000 feet, Morales said.

U.S. officials remain skeptical about the Venezuelan drone project and cite examples of previous statements by Chavez that made exaggerated claims about Venezuela's military achievements.

Published media reports said the drone was assembled from parts made locally in Venezuela and built by engineers trained in Iran. Details of Venezuelans undergoing training in Iran remain vague, but the two countries have discussed wide ranging technical cooperation since an exchange of visits in 2010.

Chavez said Venezuela also aimed to develop its own assault rifle, modelled after the Russian AK103, which offers versatile uses and can be adapted to operate with laser and conventional sights and be used as a grenade launcher.


Related Links
UAV News - Suppliers and Technology

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Innocon selects Imint's Vidhance video enhancement engine and video tracker for its small unmanned aerial vehicles
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Oct 17, 2012
Innocon integrates Imint's unique low latency Vidhance video processing engine into its ground control station software. Vidhance gives access to very efficient real-time video processing allowing for automatic local contrast optimization, pan, zoom, rotation, mosaicing, stabilization increasing the likelihood of detecting time critical events. A built-in software tracker of loads the UAV ... read more

Jacobs supports Patriot Excalibur system

Russia prepares a response to US missile defence plans

Northrop Grumman Completes SBIRS HEO-3 Payload Integration and Ambient Functional Test

Report: Funding for Iron Dome could be cut

Full production for German army missile

Raytheon awarded $349 million US Army contract for TOW missiles

UN's Ban alarmed by North Korea missile claim

Raytheon awarded US Army contract for TOW missiles

Innocon selects Imint's Vidhance video enhancement engine and video tracker for its small unmanned aerial vehicles

Venezuela serious about producing drones

Israel unveils Flying Elephant, other UAVs

Israel's IAI 'wins $958M India drone deal'

$15M order for Harris tactical radios

SPAWAR Atlantic taps Engility

Northrop Grumman Begins Production of EHF SatCom System for B-2 Bomb

Mutualink Selects Benchmark to Manufacture Interoperable Communications Systems on Global Scale

Peru begins de-mining operations

Ukraine Brings Back Naval Killer Dolphins

4,000 tonnes of old munitions explode in Russia

Lockheed Martin Completes Centralization Of Targets and Countermeasures Operations in Huntsville

Putin slams dictation to Russia on arms trade

China leads rise in Asia military spending: study

Britain to investigate military 'cash for access' claims

EADS/BAE deal collapse a setback, mergers still needed: analysts

Chinese warships sail near Japan island: Tokyo

Outside View: Ready, aim fire!

Obama dismisses Romney tough talk on China

France refuses to take sides in China-Japan islands row

New Techniques Stretch Carbon Nanotubes, Make Stronger Composites

New Way to Prevent Cracking in Nanoparticle Films

Queen's develops new environmentally friendly MOF production method

Drawing a line, with carbon nanotubes

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement