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Indonesia develops drone to monitor border regions

Published on Oct 14, 2012 9:08 AM

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A small green aircraft flew in the blue sky over the Halim Perdanakusuma airbase in East Jakarta on Thursday morning.

The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) features all the characteristics of a surveillance drone, except for its thunderous sound.

"The plane is designed to carry out surveillance. Given its noise levels, however, its targets would easily become aware of its position," Research and Technology Minister Gusti M. Hatta said during the drone's flight demonstration, which was also attended by Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro.

The drone was developed jointly by the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) and the research and development division at the Defense Ministry.

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