HANOI --- The Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology has successfully developed a long-range unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with equipment for scientific research and electronic reconnaissance to serve national security, local media reported Friday.
Vietnam is now capable of manufacturing long-range UAV to serve the country's socio-economic development and contribute to safeguarding national security, Pham Ngoc Lang, head of the UAV research project at the academy was quoted by local Thanh Nien (Young People) online newspaper as saying.
The UAV is designed with a wingspan of 22 meters and load capacity of 1350 kilograms. It can fly for 35 hours with fly range of over 4000 kilometers.
Earlier in 2013, the academy announced its successful tests of five short-and-medium-range UAV models with 253 successful trial flights.