Uzbekistan poised to produce its own military drones

January 20, 2022


Uzbekistan is poised to begin the production of its own range of unmanned aerial vehicles for both military and civilian purposes.

The State Defense Industry Committee said in a statement on January 18 that the winged drones and quadrocopters will be produced under the brand Lochin (Falcon) and will be designed to cope with tasks including reconnaissance, offensive military operations, firefighting, and farming.

This announcement is the outcome of instructions issued by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in July 2017. At the time, he talked about drones as a more cost-efficient method for aerial surveillance than the Soviet-made An-2 aircraft usually deployed for the task…

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