U.S. oil firm buys Israeli UAV
for reconnaisance in Angola

Monday, May 24, 2004

A leading U.S. energy contractor has procured an Israeli unmanned air vehicle for operations in Africa.

Israeli industry sources said the U.S.-based ChevronTexaco has signed a deal to procure an Israeli UAV from Aeronautics Defense Systems. The UAV was described as the Aerostar tactical vehicle and meant to maintain reconnaissance over an oil field operated by Chevron in Angola.

The Tel Aviv-based Globes daily said the contract called for the use of the Aerostar for two years, Middle East Newsline reported. The contract, which took 18 months to complete, called for several platforms as part of the UAV system and ground station.

Aeronautics, which employs 200 people, will produce the Aerostar in its facility in Yavne Israel. The company has also developed the Universal Miniature Avionics System to improve UAV avionics.

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