Indonesia to operate terrorist surveillance aircraft

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Sunday, October 18, 2009 09:12

Tangerang (ANTARA News) – The Agency for Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) will operate an un-manned mini-plane called “Puna” in 2010 to support national defense and terrorist surveillance, minister Kusmayanto said.

The minister of research and technology said BPPT has conducted a research and successfully developed the surveillance aircraft.He said the aircraft would later be used by the military and the police to infiltrate in conflict-prone areas.

“Puna will also conduct surveillance against terrorists hiding in a location which is difficult to reach,” he said.

The aircraft equipped with a mini-camera would take pictures of activities in the field and report them to the agencies concerned as evidence.

He said the aircraft was now still in finishing touches and would be ready for operation in 2010

“We wish to show that the Indonesian-made Puna could be used to support national security and that the country need not always buy them from other countries,” he asid.

The director of BPPT, Joko Purwono, said Puna is an autonomous plane, equipped with a surveillance camera and not driven by remote control.He said Puna`s body is four meters long while its wings are seven meters long.”Puna will later be produced by PT Dirgantara Indonesia,” he said.

He said BPPT was now also developing other mini aircraft such as “Sriti” weighing only 10 kilograms and sirveillance “Alap-Alap” weighing 25 kilograms for monitoring Indonesia`s territorial sea.(*)


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