The Belarus state-owned defense company 558 Aircraft Repair Plant is producing the middle-range Grif-1 UAV. (558 Aircraft Repair Plant)
WARSAW — Belarus and Turkmenistan are planning to jointly produce UAVs, according to an announcement by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko during his official visit to Turkmenistan earlier this week, where he discussed the project with his Turkmen counterpart, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Lukashenko said his country will supply the know-how to launch joint production of drones in cooperation with the Turkmen government. The new manufacturing facility is to be located in Turkmenistan, Lukashenko was quoted in a statement released by his office Nov. 5.
Scientists from the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus will develop the multipurpose UAV, Lukashenko said.
Based in Baranovichi, Belarus, state-owned defense company 558 Aircraft Repair Plant is developing and producing various drones, including the middle-range Grif-1 UAV.
With the latest initiative, Turkmenistan is joining the ranks of Asian countries interested in acquiring Belarusian unmanned aerial technology. In May 2013, local media reported that Vietnam planned to buy drones from Belarus.
The plan was unveiled following talks held in Minsk by Belarusian Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich and his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Tan Dung. At the meeting, the two prime ministers announced Belarus and Vietnam were aiming to boost their military ties.