Vietnam plans to make unmanned aircraft

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Vietnam is planning to produce an unmanned aircraft in collaboration with various partners, the Tuoi Tre newspaper quoted a Vietnam Aerospace Association official as saying Monday.

Nguyen Duc Cuong, chairman of the association, said the civilian aircraft will weigh less than 100 kilograms and will be used for remote observation and surveillance to prevent illegal logging and detect forest fires.

It will also help customs departments detect smuggling at sea and over borders, be used in search and rescue missions as well as in supervising national exclusive economic zones, Cuong said.

He said the association would take due care before signing contracts with the prospective partners, one of them the Russian-owned Irkut Engineering Company.

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