Vietnam to buy unmanned aerial vehicles from Belarus

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Belarus said Thursday it will sell unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Vietnam.

The sale was mentioned by Belarusian Prime Minister Mikhail Myanikovich during a meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung in the Belarusian capital of Minsk during the latter's May 15-17 visit to the European country.

The Belarusian Telegraph Agency (BelTA) quoted Myasnikovich as saying, "We have great hopes for scientific and technical cooperation. I mean unmanned aerial systems, contracts for which we are signing within the framework of your visit."

The BelTA report did not carry any further information on the deal or the UAVs.

Myasnikovich said Belarus was also looking forward to greater cooperation with Vietnam in bio and information technologies as well as healthcare.

The news came less than two weeks after Vietnam successfully tested its first indigenous drones.

Scientists at the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) on May 3 launched at Hanoi's Hoa Lac Airbase three of the five UAV models it had made under a research project starting in 2008.

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The five UAV models are designed to fly under a preset program and can, depending on the model, take off from various places including a runway, car top, launch base or even human hand, according to a Vietnam News Agency report.

The project's lead scientist, Pham Ngoc Lang, told Thanh Nien his research team made 20 UAVs and 12 of which were finished.

He said his team would continue to do research and fabricate UAVs that can fly greater heights and ranges, adding that the VAST also plans to mass produce the vehicles for research and other purposes.

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