In­done­sia de­vel­ops UAV for bor­der sur­veil­lance

SP's MAI - - UNMANNED -

In­done­sia has devel­oped an un­manned ae­rial ve­hi­cle (UAV). The drone was devel­oped jointly by the Agency for the As­sess­ment and Ap­pli­ca­tion of Tech­nol­ogy (BPPT) and the re­search and devel­op­ment di­vi­sion at the De­fense Min­istry.

“The plane is de­signed to carry out sur­veil­lance. Given its noise lev­els, how­ever, its tar­gets would eas­ily be­come aware of its po­si­tion,” Re­search and Tech­nol­ogy Min­is­ter Gusti M. Hatta said dur­ing the drone’s flight demon­stra­tion, which was also at­tended by De­fense Min­is­ter Purnomo Yus­giantoro. Purnomo said that a squadron of drones would join the In­done­sian Air Force (TNI-AU), mak­ing In­done­sia one of a few coun­tries that de­velop UAVs. The air­craft, ac­cord­ing to the min­is­ter, would be placed in the coun­try’s bor­der re­gions.

In­done­sia shares land bor­ders with Pa­pua New Guinea to the east, Malaysia and Brunei Darus­salam on Bor­neo, and Ti­mor Leste on Ti­mor Is­land. Most il­le­gal mi­grants en­ter the coun­try along th­ese bor­ders.

“Th­ese UAVs can be up­graded to fire mis­siles and to carry bombs,” Purnomo said. Cur­rently, the BPPT and the De­fense Min­istry’s re­search and devel­op­ment di­vi­sion

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