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Cyprus stocking up on drones

National Guard acquires four Israeli drones worth 12 million to watch over land and water


The National Guard is said to have received its first four unmanned drones from Israel, allowing Cypriot agencies to obtain clear views from high above over land and water.

The drones, Aerostar Tactical UAS (TUAS) made in Israel, are described as accurate, programmable, and one of the most efficient and cost-effective systems of its class. The specific make has logged over 250,000 operational flight hours with missions flown worldwide.

Additional uses would include monitoring forests in the summer to detect fires and assisting in rescue missions within Nicosia FIR

According to Kathimerini Cyprus, four Unmanned Aerial Vehicles have been delivered to Cyprus National Guard by Aeronautics, an Israeli company, extending the Cypriot range of capabilities for a number of agencies with high definition cameras that can get images from very high flying altitudes.

The purchase of the four UAV’s came at a total cost of €12 million, according to Kathimerini’s Apostolos Tomaras, who also said the use of the drones would include monitoring the Republic’s Exclusive Economic Zone. Additional uses would include patrolling forest areas in the summer to detect fires as well as assisting in rescue missions within the Nicosia Flight Information Region.

The order was put in December 2018 while plans to make the purchase date back at least to the early part of the decade, according to Tomaras.

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