Tigrai Online Feb. 16, 2013
An Ethiopian military source has told Sudan Tribune that the country has built the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone which could be used for multiple purposes.
After undergoing testing, the locally made drones, have demonstrated their capability of performing a number of militarily and civilian applications, according to the source.
Speaking on condition of anonymity from the country’s air force base in Debrezeit town, a military official told Sudan Tribune that the drones are equipped with onboard sensors, cameras and GPS to carry out cost-effective monitoring activities even across difficult landscapes like the highlands of Ethiopia.
military missions - such as in monitoring border security - the UAVs will also be deployed to perform geophysical surveys, assist forest protection and monitor forest fires or other natural disasters.
The drones have already made test flights performing a geophysical survey of Ethiopia’s controversial grand renaissance dam, a massive hydro-power plant project the country is constructing on the Blue Nile River near to the Sudanese border.
Source: Sudan Tribune - http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article45518
In 2011The Isreali manufacturer BlueBired announced it has signed an agreement to supply a number of unmanned air vehicles ot Ethiopia.
Israeli manufacturer BlueBird has won a contract to supply unmanned air vehicles to the Ethiopian army.
The company declines to reveal details about the order, but sources say it includes upgraded versions of the Boomerang and SpyLite systems, plus the establishment of local maintenance facilities and technology transfer.