Friday, March 19, 2010
UAVs Make Operational Debut in Chile
Unmanned aerial vehicles will fly missions in Chile for the first time. A pair of Aerostar UAVs will keep watch over areas still recovering from the Feb. 27 earthquake, La Tercera reported. The UAVs are on loan from Israel's Rafael, which will also provide a crew. Chile's air force arranged for the loan. The Aerostar can stay aloft 12 hours and can carry a 110-pound payload that can include day and night cameras. Chile's armed forces have been shopping for UAV systems, and some will be on display at this month's Fidae air show. Elbit Systems, BEA Systems are other UAV manufacturers at the show.