Russia stops to import foreign drones to launch national production of this type equipment 0603135

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 01:49 PM
 
Russia stops to import foreign drones to launch national production of this type of equipment.
Russia does not want to buy more foreign drones in the future, the country has launched its own production of these military equipment, announced Alexander Fomin, Director of the Russian Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) on the radio, Echo of Moscow.
     
Russia does not want to buy more foreign drones in the future, the country has launched its own production of these military equipment, announced Alexander Fomin, Director of the Russian Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) on the radio, Echo of Moscow.
Russia's leading drone developer, Vega, has unveiled its latest model Luch UAV at the MAKS-2011 Moscow air show. (Credit photo Vitaly Kuzmin)
     

"We launch now the national production of drones, we have many companies that working on this type of equipment. In the past, we bought some drones, but now we can start the manufacturing of our own production." said M.Fomine.

In 2010, Anatoly Serdyukov, who was in the position of the Russian Minister of Defence, announced that Russia had bought a number of Israeli drones. In 2012, Russia began assembling Israeli drones Searcher MkII, called Forpost (Outpost) in Russia, and Bird Eye 400, known as Zastava (Extension) in a factory of Yekaterinburg, in Ural, following a contract signed by Russian group Oboronprom (defense industries) and Israel Airspace Industry (IAI).

During the 1960s, the Soviet Union became the first country to invent an unmanned helicopter based on a Tupolev Tu-154 plane, said M.Fomine. The Soviet Buran space shuttle, created during the 1980s, was also automatic. But the world is changing and it is Israel that has become a major exporter of weapons through the "brain drain" of the former Soviet Union, he said. "Most of the ideas and brains arrived in Israel from our country," indicated M.Fomine.

 

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