The National Intelligence Organization (MİT) has entered into a contract with the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) to develop an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can gather visual and audio information.
MİT, inspired by the US-manufactured Global Hawk spy planes, has asked TÜBİTAK to develop a similar drone. The vehicle will be designed to remain in the air for long periods of time with a cargo of up to 500 kilograms while carrying out audio and video surveillance.
The successful completion of the project would mean that MİT is for the first time able to use a drone of its own.
TÜBİTAK has reportedly begun searching for an aircraft engineer who will be able to lead the project. Council members have also contacted some US defense companies with regards to the project.
MİT is also pursuing the provision of video surveillance through the satellites and Heron UAVs of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) for its own databases.
MİT and TÜBİTAK signed a major agreement in February for a 10-year research and development project that will involve the manufacture of high-tech intelligence devices at new TÜBİTAK laboratories. It has been reported that bugging devices, wiretaps and jamming devices will be produced within the scope of the project. The Undersecretariat for the Defense Industry (SSM) will fund this $220 million project.
CihanLast Mod: 25 Eylül 2013, 09:31