Mon, Jun 18, 2012
President Hugo Chavez Says Exports Will Begin 'Soon'
At a meeting Wednesday with military and defense officials, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said that the country has manufactured its first UAV in partnership with Iran, Russia, and China. Chavez said that he expects the aircraft to be made available "soon" on the international market.
The aircraft are reportedly for both military and civilian use, according to the French news service AFP. In a speech broadcast on Venezuelan radio and television, Chavez (pictured) reportedly said that the aircraft are not designed to carry weapons. They will have a 60 mile range up to an altitude of 9,000 feet with a flight time of about 90 minutes.
While not discounting the report out of hand, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that Chavez and the Iranians "make lots of extravagant claims." She told the Washington press corps that the State Department will be carefully monitor the situation in light of international sanctions in place against Iran.
A Venezuelan official said that the parts for the UAV are manufactured in that country and assembled by engineers who had been trained in Iran. It reportedly measures about 13 feet long with a 10 foot wingspan. Venezuela claims that it can transmit photos and videos in real time, and is being modified for night flights.
Cavim, the state-run military industrial company manufacturing the drones, also makes weapons and munitions in partnership with Russia. It reportedly has other drones in development.
Also: LA Times v SMO, APS UAT Program, Gordon Bennett 2016, Tucson Control Tower, Hubble Find, Southwest Airlines, Iowa State Another new small unmanned aerial system is now on the>[...]
Aerobatic Pilot Sean Tucker Receives The 2016 Lloyd P. Nolen Lifetime Achievement In Aviation Award Aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker has been named the recipient of the Lloyd P. Nole>[...]
Rockets Carrying As Many As 200 People Could Leave For The Neighboring Planet In 'Decades' No one can deny that Elon Musk thinks big, and in a speech at the International Astronaut>[...]
Determines That The Missile 'Came From Russia' The Buk missile that destroyed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 came from Russia, according to a Dutch-led >[...]
Weather And Other Key Information Available Using The SXAR1 Portable Receiver Today ForeFlight and SiriusXM introduced SiriusXM Aviation weather service on the newest version of Fo>[...]