Vietnam 's giant military-run telecom firm Viettel recently announced that it is putting the final touches on its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and expect they will be available to the nation's military by late this year.
Colonel Do Van Lap, director of Viettel's Instrument Flight Center, said the Viettel's first UAVs were successfully launched in late last December and proved capable of handling harsh weather conditions, news website VietamPlus reported June 28.
Viettel's UAV, named the VT Patrol, weighs just 26 kilograms and has a 3.3-meter wingspan. It can fly at speeds of up to 150 kilometers per hour for short distances, up to 50 km.
Its infrared camera can transmit high quality images and identify targets from up to 600 meters away.
Viettel also plans to produce medium-range UAVs, which can travel greater distances and for 15-24 hours.
In early May, scientists at the Vietnam Space Technology Institute successfully launched the country's first three UAVs from Hanoi's
Hoa Lac Airbase.
They fly according to a preset program and are equipped with cameras that can record images during both day and night, and other equipment used for scientific research.
The biggest among them, the AV.UAV.S4, can fly up to 100 km at an altitude of 3,000 meters, at speeds reaching 180 km/h.
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