The Romanian Defence Ministry is contemplating the possibility to produce Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Craiova, Defence minister Mihai Fifor told a private broadcaster on Thursday evening.
Fifor said the aircraft plant in Craiova will also revamp the Soim aircraft, which will become school aircraft for the pilots who will fly the F16s.
„The 21 Soim aircraft will be revamped, they will practically become school aircraft for the F16s. Moreover, we are contemplating the possibility to develop the UAV programme in Craiova, meaning the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, which is extremely necessary equipment for the Romanian Army,” DefMin told Antena 3.
At the same time, Fifor assured that Aerostar Bacau will provide maintenance for the F16s of the Romanian Army, and that Aerostar might also provide services for Croatia’s F16s.
What are UAVs?
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. UAVs are a component of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS); which include a UAV, a ground-based controller, and a system of communications between the two. The flight of UAVs may operate with various degrees of autonomy: either under remote control by a human operator or autonomously by onboard