Belarus to produce UAVs in Egypt

Belarus to produce UAVs in Egypt – link

Source: Defence Web

Article Headlines

  • Belarus will manufacture UAVs in Egypt under an agreement signed earlier this year
  • This is according to the Chairman of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Vladimir Gusakov, news company BelTA reported on 20 February
  • “We’ve held negotiations with Egyptian partners and have come to terms on a good contract – roughly $1 million – on supplying and setting up an enterprise in Egypt to train specialists and make drones,” Gusakov is reported as saying
  • The contract is believed to cover an initial batch of UAVs ahead of local production
  • Belarus manufactures several different UAV types, including the Burevestnik MB from the Centre for Multifunctional Unmanned Systems of the Academy of Sciences of Belarus
  • The UAV weights 350 kg and can be armed with rockets and other munitions
  • Belarus also offers the smaller, electrically driven Busel MB reconnaissance UAV, and the larger Yastreb, which has a maximum takeoff weight of some 700 kg
  • Egypt has, according to Gusakov, also expressed interest in Belarusian artificial intelligence, electric transport, and biotechnologies

Overview & Comments

  • Currently Egypt operates China’s Wing Loong 1 MALE UAS, while on the lower end of the category scale obtains AeroVironment’s Puma AE
  • Previous marketing efforts in the country included France’s Sagem Patroller. In 2015 the company has signed an exclusive commercial and industrial collaboration agreement with Egyptian manufacturer AOI-Aircraft Factory
  • TAI was reportedly close in exporting its Anka UAS, a deal that was scraped upon the previous change of regime in Egypt
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