Saturday, December 8, 2012

Army's First UAV Takes Flight

The Army has conducted the first test flights of a new unmanned aerial vehicle, its first domestically produced UAV. The Lascar UAV is a two-engine aircraft with an optics payload that can be used for reconnaissance missions and to monitor brush fires and other natural disasters. Little else is known about the UAV, which has been in development since 2008 under a partnership with the Universidad de Concepcion and private companies. The Lascar is not the only UAV produced in Chile. The Navy has been developing the Mantarraya UAV. The projects are a reminder that Chile has fully embraced UAVs and is determined to build up its inventory of such aircraft. Already, the Air Force has acquired the Hermes 900 long-endurance UAV,

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