Monday, May 24, 2010

Russia may begin operating domestic drones

Russia may begin using domestic drones after training operators for drones purchased from Israel, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on Monday.Russia has bought 15 Israeli spy drones since its domestic hardware has not met Russia's requirements on speed, altitude capacity, or accuracy."Work is underway to train people to operate the Israeli spy drones," Serdyukov said adding that training is due to finish by the middle of summer 2010.Russian Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Popovkin earlier said Russia had spent about 5 billion rubles ($160.4 million) on drone development and tests that eventually failed.

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