Brazilian Unmanned Anti-Drug Planes Will Operate in Bolivia
By Dialogo July 07, 2011
Four Brazilian unmanned planes will begin to operate in Bolivia in August as part of the fight against drugs, Deputy Minister of Social Defense Felipe Cáceres announced on 5 July.
“By late August, four unmanned (UAV) planes will be providing overflight of Bolivian airspace,” Cáceres, the chief official in charge of combatting cocaine trafficking, specified at a press conference.
The official indicated that the unmanned aircraft will do their work in virtue of an agreement between La Paz and Brasilia signed in March.
He explained that the UAV aircraft will carry out that aerial monitoring at the border locations of Bolpebra (the geographic location where Bolivia, Peru, and Brazil come together) and the geographic area shared among Bolivia, Paraguay, and Brazil.
Cáceres indicated that the operations conducted by the UAV planes “will provide the Bolivian authorities with specific information about other aircraft that are overflying Bolivian airspace and that might be involved in illicit operations.”
The town of Chimoré, in central Bolivia, an area where coca is grown, will be the center for processing the aerial technical information, which will also be sent to Brazil.