House Reject Disbursement of Funds to Buy Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Merhav Corp. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
Indonesian House of Representatives plans to reject funding the purchase of Israeli made Primary Defense Weapon System / Alutsista. Previously, the Government of Indonesia through Indonesian Armed Forces Headquarter / Mabes TNI has signed a purchase of three-unit Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with the Kittal Corporation is based in the Philippines through an agent in Indonesia.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle mentioned as an aircraft that could operated without crew inside it, this aircraft is made by Merhav Corp. of Israel which is worth 16 million U.S. dollars. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is an aerial vehicle that does not require a human operator and can fly independently or be operated remotely, is either recoverable or expendable, and is capable of carrying a lethal or nonlethal payload.

"Planes are positively made of Israel, in which Indonesia does not have any diplomatic relations with the country. So, signing the purchase must be canceled with the way the House of Representatives does not give advance approval of 15 percent disbursement," said member of the House of Representatives Commission I from the Prosperous Justice Party , Mutammimul Ula, in Jakarta, Wednesday (1 / 7).

If the purchase is forwarded, according to Mutammimul Ula, the government against its own policy which states that Israel is a colonialist state.

As an additional information, Israel was the first nation to make significant use of unmanned reconnaissance drones in combat during operations in Lebanon in 1982. The United States forces began full deployment and use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and related technology in the 1990s and UAVs—especially the Predator and Global Hawk—were extensively used by U.S. forces during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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