Several Indonesian stakeholders have agreed to collaborate on the development of an unmanned aircraft, or drone, given the title PUNA Wulung.
The Agency for the Assesment and Application of Technology (BPPT), along with PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI), PT LEN Industry, and the Ministry of Defence (Kemhan) signed the agreement on 29 April.
The Head of BPPT, Marzan A Iskandar, said the agency would act as technology producer on the project. DI will manufacture the drone and PT LEN Industry will be responsible for implementing the control system technology.
Director of Technology at DI, Andi Alisjahbana, said the partnership was important for the progress of Indonesia’s innovation industry.
“In the future, we will see the expansion of defense technology, aerospace technology, and energy technologies,” he said.
PUNA Wulung will be used to support the national defense and security systems, both military and non-military. The surveillance craft will monitor illegal activites such as illegal fishing, illegal logging, as well as monitoring volcanic activity, illegal deforestation and Indonesia’s maritime area. It will have the capability to fly up to four hours and as far as 73 kilometers from its control center on the ground, as well as the ability to send video directly to the control stations.
PUNA Wulung will be deployed in the border regions of Indonesia and Papua, Timor Leste and Malaysia.
(AY – http://www.republika.co.id and various sources)