Development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Moves Forward in Ecuador
By Dialogo August 27, 2013
The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) project developed by the Ecuadorean Air Force’s (FAE) Research and Development Center (CIDFAE), will allow an air surveillance system to be used on the northern border in the country’s eastern region. The FAE has been working since 2000 in the research of UAVs, gaining experience with projects, namely: ‘RPV Rayo’ and ‘High Altitude Platform Project’ (PGA), a position that has allowed this line of research.
Furthermore, the initial flight of the UAV “Gorrión” (Sparrow), including automatic take-off and landing, was performed in August. This capacity allows planning of night missions for final prototypes, since a platform operator is not required for recovering the aircraft.
This aircraft was designed exclusively to test systems during the flight that will later be integrated into larger prototypes.
This system is a tactical, autonomous UAV prototype that is linked to a ground control station (GCS), capable of carrying out surveillance and reconnaissance missions. So far, CIDFAE is testing and validating its ‘Fénix’ and ‘Gavilán’ prototypes.
After operational testing, the final UAV-2 Gavilán prototype, with a wingspan of 6.5 meters, automatic take-off and landing capabilities, video transmission in real time from an electric-optic system, photographic and video cameras, and operational ranges of up to 150 km and flight autonomy of up to five hours, will be delivered in December 2013.
This type of aeronautical capabilities will allow Ecuador to gain ground as a country that develops their own unmanned aerial systems throughout Latin America, joining a global technological trend.
THAT NEWS IS VERY ENCOURAGING FOR THE LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES SINCE THERE'S A POSSIBILITY THAT THIS TECHNOLOGY CAN BE USED THROUGHOUT THE REGION. ALSO, THE ECUADORIAN AIR FORCE IS DEMONSTRATING ONCE AGAIN THEIR PROFESSIONALISM AND ADVANCED TRAINING, OF WHICH WE'RE ALL PROUD OF.