Monday, September 13, 2010

Ukraine may deliver engines for Russian UAVs

Russia's Vega and Ukraine's Motor Sich are discussing the possible delivery of Ukrainian-made engines for Russia's unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Vega CEO Vladimir Verba said on Saturday."We lagging behind on such vehicles," Verba said. "First of all, there is a shortfall in engines."Motor Sich CEO Vyacheslav Boguslayev confirmed the companies are in talks."We are discussing issues regarding this topic," he said.Motor Sich delivers engines to 11 countries around the world, Boguslayev said, adding that "we have nothing against Russia being the twelfth country."

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) is "happy" with the quality of home-made UAVs, Verba said on Friday, while not ruling out that the Defense Ministry may buy UAVs abroad.He said Vega's UAVs would be able to compete with those produced abroad by 2013.According to various estimates, the Russian military needs up to 100 UAVs and at least 10 guidance and control systems to ensure effective battlefield reconnaissance.

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