Sunday, October 7, 2007
UAVs on the Shopping List
Procurement officials have been looking at UAV models for more than a year, according to the daily La Tercera. The report doesn't mention specific systems, but its sources indicated the unmanned aerial vehicles would be used for targeting and surveillance. The latter would be a peacetime role, too, giving the military a way to monitor the border. The review is due to end this year; there's no imminent request for proposals. Other items Chile is shopping for are transport planes for the air force (to replace C-130 Hercules), and the big one: the replacement of a dozen or so front-line fighters. The current squadron of F-5 Tiger III jets is due for retirement around 2015.