February 8, 2023

Athens News

News in English from Greece

Greek Aerospace and four universities will create a new unmanned aerial vehicle

A Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) to fund the construction of the new drone was signed on Thursday between the Hellenic Aerospace Industry (EAV), the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the University of Thrace Democritus, the University of Thessaly and the University of Patras.

The signing was attended by Minister of Finance Christos Staikouras, Minister of National Defense Nikos Panagiotopoulos, the head of EAV and the administrations of four Greek universities. Ahead of the successful signing, the Ministry of Finance has begun funding a second, more sophisticated unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), using the know-how acquired under the Architas program for the research, development and commercial production of the first autonomous multi-purpose aerial vehicle by organizations from the broader public sector . It is noted that the new drone construction program will be launched on Monday, January 16.

PS This is the 3rd similar project that has been announced over the past 7 years, “and things are still there.” Turkey, almost simultaneously with Greece, began to engage in drones. But our neighbor already has a whole fleet of drones of various formats and purposes, and Greece is still “cutting” the budget … Not a single media report, incl. state news agency, I did not find information about the cost of the project, but instead I saw a huge picture with all the respected participants. It would be nice, following the example of Singapore, to introduce a special body to look after the property of officials, at least those involved in important defense projects. But where to get Lee Kuan Yew…

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