Ethiopia produces first military dron...

Ethiopia produces first military drone aircraft

There are 23 comments on the In-depth Africa story from Feb 14, 2013, titled Ethiopia produces first military drone aircraft. In it, In-depth Africa reports that:

An Ethiopian military source has told repoters that the country has built the first unmanned aerial vehicle or drone which could be used for multiple purposes.

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Olanda

Amsterdam, Netherlands

#1 Feb 15, 2013
What a great achievement. NOW TERRORISTS like ONLF and OLF and Alshabab have nowhere to run. I am sure Shabia thugs will be scared to death. It has other uses to like detecting raw matterials and protecting wild animals.
Frog in Hell

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Feb 15, 2013
Atilegnim ?!
Inspired by Iran ?

NO REAL PROGRESS IN ETHIOPIA until Ethiopia's best brains have returned from the West and those in Ethiopia are not forced to leave it as a result of tribal policy, oppression and discrimination.
Sam

Chesapeake, OH

#3 Feb 15, 2013
No positive feedback is expected in these matter from eriterians.. Jealousy prevails!
abrsh

Konya, Turkey

#4 Feb 15, 2013
OLF is no more a threat to this country, scumbag . they have compromised with the government.they announced that a couple of months ago , though the gov't keeps using their name.
abrsh

Konya, Turkey

#5 Feb 15, 2013
but dont get me wrong . am not against the news.
onlf

Edson, Canada

#6 Feb 15, 2013
February 15, 2013
Welcome to Tigrai Online, up to date news that matters! [email protected]
Ethiopian army to get BlueBird UAVs from Israeli manufacturer
Tigrai Online
April. 12 2011
Israeli manufacturer BlueBird has won a contract to supply unmanned air vehicles to the Ethiopian army.
The company declines to reveal details about the order, but sources say it includes upgraded versions of the Boomerang and SpyLite systems, plus the establishment of local maintenance facilities and technology transfer.
BlueBird claims that its fuel cell-powered Boomerang can provide an endurance of over 10h while carrying day and night sensor payloads weighing up to a combined 1.3kg (2.8lb). However, an enhanced version with canards on its forward fuselage could achieve a flight time of 15h and reach an altitude of 15,000ft (4,570m), it adds.
The company's smaller SpyLite mini UAV is designed for "over-the-hill" surveillance applications.
Israeli sources say African nations are becoming big potential customers for UAVs, due to their need to monitor long borders and to control areas with natural resources such as oil.
BlueBird's success follows that of fellow Israeli firm Aeronautics Defence Systems, which recently won a deal to supply Orbiter air vehicles to Uganda.
Sam

Chesapeake, OH

#7 Feb 15, 2013
onlf wrote:
February 15, 2013
Welcome to Tigrai Online, up to date news that matters! [email protected]
Ethiopian army to get BlueBird UAVs from Israeli manufacturer
Tigrai Online
April. 12 2011
Israeli manufacturer BlueBird has won a contract to supply unmanned air vehicles to the Ethiopian army.
The company declines to reveal details about the order, but sources say it includes upgraded versions of the Boomerang and SpyLite systems, plus the establishment of local maintenance facilities and technology transfer.
BlueBird claims that its fuel cell-powered Boomerang can provide an endurance of over 10h while carrying day and night sensor payloads weighing up to a combined 1.3kg (2.8lb). However, an enhanced version with canards on its forward fuselage could achieve a flight time of 15h and reach an altitude of 15,000ft (4,570m), it adds.
The company's smaller SpyLite mini UAV is designed for "over-the-hill" surveillance applications.
Israeli sources say African nations are becoming big potential customers for UAVs, due to their need to monitor long borders and to control areas with natural resources such as oil.
BlueBird's success follows that of fellow Israeli firm Aeronautics Defence Systems, which recently won a deal to supply Orbiter air vehicles to Uganda.
Your point?
AcquiredTaste

Saint Cloud, MN

#8 Feb 15, 2013
Sam wrote:
No positive feedback is expected in these matter from eriterians.. Jealousy prevails!
stop this lame sh*t man what do Eritreans have to do with this?
Sam

Chesapeake, OH

#9 Feb 15, 2013
AcquiredTaste wrote:
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stop this lame sh*t man what do Eritreans have to do with this?
Jealousy is always expected from Ansabas, so no surprise!
Anti Hamassein

Warder, Ethiopia

#10 Feb 15, 2013
Sam wrote:
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Jealousy is always expected from Ansabas, so no surprise!
Ansebas always envy Ethiopian progress. It has been better if they work hard instead of wasting their time on Ethiopian issues.
IssAssyass

Las Vegas, NV

#11 Feb 16, 2013
Someone told me this story is fabrication.
Seen a picture or a video while flying ?
Sam

Chesapeake, OH

#12 Feb 16, 2013
IssAssyass wrote:
Someone told me this story is fabrication.
Seen a picture or a video while flying ?
You are not important, no need to provid a proof, stick with shoveling camel shit!
IssAssyass

Las Vegas, NV

#13 Feb 16, 2013
^
No proof = Story is fabrication

emotions aside, given your track record you should not have spread such a story without backing it with evidence.
tes

Denver, CO

#14 Feb 16, 2013
Why you Eritreans always in our bussiness? Jealousy? You all are the captain of jealousy when it come to Ethiopia.go work hard like we do.we made the drone a year ago and we don't need to prove nothing for you mfrs.....
FASIL

Peseux, Switzerland

#15 Feb 18, 2013
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I predict it will be the end of`afe-whisky`.....God bless Ethiopia.
just stand up

Chicago, IL

#16 Feb 18, 2013
great. ethiopia is advancing every step. with energy independence, investment, and now the first african country to produce a drone (not sa, or Egypt), and even the country produced their first two cars along time ago, that a stepping stone. you may get those who said "well, the foreigners built it for them, not ethiopians." well, the foreign engineers ma help them, but didn't americans help the japs, koreans, chiemse (stolen) etc.
Flack joke

Columbus, OH

#17 Feb 21, 2013
Donkey,camel,murk and horse are the most important weapon for spaying blue bird posted her just terrifying north Sudan,and to elevate Isayas Eritrean president depression.
UKJewish

UK

#18 Feb 21, 2013
Olanda wrote:
What a great achievement. NOW TERRORISTS like ONLF and OLF and Alshabab have nowhere to run. I am sure Shabia thugs will be scared to death. It has other uses to like detecting raw matterials and protecting wild animals.
The drones were supplied by Israel.
UKJewish

UK

#19 Feb 21, 2013
UKJewish

UK

#20 Feb 21, 2013
I'm sure in another 10 years ethiopia might be able to manufacture their own weapons, but for now it is Israel and China and the good Ol US OF A supplying them.

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