Thursday, June 14, 2012

DTN News - VENEZUELAN DEFENSE NEWS: Venezuela Making Drones, Assembling Rifles Says President Hugo Chavez

DTN News - VENEZUELAN DEFENSE NEWS: Venezuela Making Drones, Assembling Rifles Says President Hugo Chavez
*Iranian Mohajer-2 drone appears in Venezuela. Chavez’s building his own drone fleet with the help of Tehran
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources Miami Herald & The Aviationist
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - June 13, 2012:   Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says his government has begun to assemble Kalashnikov assault rifles with assistance from Russia and has also started making surveillance drones.

Chavez says Venezuela has produced three drones so far. One of the small planes was shown on television atop a truck.

Chavez also said during a televised speech on Wednesday that Venezuela has so far assembled 3,000 Kalashnikov AK 103 rifles. 


He said that Venezuela has also started making grenades and ammunition for its military.


Chavez says Venezuela is strengthening its military with help from allies including China, Russia and Iran.

*Iranian Mohajer-2 drone appears in Venezuela. Chavez’s building his own drone fleet with the help of Tehran


Under the name of Sant Arpia, the Mohajer 2, a quite famous Made-in-Iran drone, is currently flying in Venezuela.


Reportedly operating from the Cavim (CA Venezolana de Industria Militares) Maracay factory, where a new UAV facility has been unveiled by recent satellite imagery, the Mohajer 2 is a light unarmed drone that can be used for surveillance missions within a range of 50 km from the departure airfield at a speed of 200 km/h. Its ceiling is 11,000 feet of altitude and endurance is reported to be around 90 minutes.

Being equipped with skids, the Mohajer 2 is recovered using a recovery chute.

Although the dozen are believed to have been slightly modified by Caracas, the Mohajer 2 is an Iranian UAV model and, as such, it could not be purchased by Chavez, because of the embargo on the ayatollah regime.

Moreover, as highlighted by the special correspondent in Washington for the Spanish ABC.es Emili J. Blasco, the technology transfer agreement worth 28 million USD would seem to excede the price of a dozen drones (three of those crashed) that were purchased by Venezuela.

Indeed, along with a drone factory that has not come into operation, some more facilities have been built at Cavim. What Iranian personnel is doing inside the other facitilies remains a mystery. Maybe the mystery that U.S. drones aim to investigate.

The following image, published on several forums around the world (attribution hence impossible to determine), shows a Venezuelan Sant Arpia: noteworthy the tail section wears registration Arpia-002 while front section is marked “Arpia-003″. Does this mean the drone is made up of parts from different examples?

Along with the Sant Arpia, the Fuerza Aérea Venezolana (FAV) operates the ANT-1X, a smaller drone used for ISR (Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance) purposes.

Both drones equip the Grupo Aéreo de Inteligencia, Vigilancia y Reconocimiento Electrónico Nº 8, based at El Libertador, Maracay-Palo Negro airbase.

*Link for This article compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources Miami Herald & The Aviationist 
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