Monday, June 7, 2010

Indonesian Air Force to buy 4 UAVs

Indonesian Air Force chief of staff Marshal Imam Sufa'at said the Indonesian Military planned to buy four unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for border surveillance."The four UAVs, among others, will be stationed at Suryadarma Air Force Base in Subang, West Java and Supadio Air Force Base in Pontianak, West Kalimantan," Imam said.

He said the country had never operated any UAVs but that they would be strategic additions to the military's air force fleet.The aircraft could be used to monitor illegal activities that occur in border areas, such as illegal logging and fishing.Apart from the UAVs, the air force also plans to develop a radar plant in Merauke, Papua, which is expected to be operational in November. - JP

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