Nov 22, 2012

Vietnam - Vietnam to make unmanned aircraft

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VietNamNet Bridge - Sweden will help the Vietnam Aerospace Association (VASA) in technology transfer and development of medium-range unmanned aircraft.

At the signing ceremony of the cooperation agreement between Vietnam and Sweden on making unmanned aircraft (UAV) held by VASA on November 20, Professor Nguyen Duc Cuong, VASA President, stressed the important role of the UAV in the field of defense and security, search and rescue, protection and management of forests.

"Vietnam and Sweden will cooperate to manufacture medium-range unmanned aircraft called Magic Eye 1,” he said.

Magic Eye 1 weighs 40 kg, with operating time up to 6 hours, maximum flying speed of 200 km per hour, and the radio communication radius of 100 to 200 km.

Under the plan, the collaborative project will be divided into three phases. In the first phase, Sweden will give fund to Vietnam to manufacture two Magic Eye 1's. They will provide Vietnam with equipment, technology transfer, design and send experts to Vietnam.

In the second stage, the two sides will cooperate to develop avionics. In the final stage, they will manufacture UAVs for exports.

According to experts, the need for UAV in Vietnam is very large. This product can perform various tasks such as mapping, surveying, planning, border patrol, search and rescue.

Compared to remote sensing satellites, UAVs have several advantages such as having cheaper price, being able to take high-resolution photos, and the UAV technology is updated timely and easy.

Compiled by Thu Ha

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