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Ethiopia produces first military drone aircraft
February 14, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) – An Ethiopian military source has told Sudan Tribune that the country has built the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone which could be used for multiple purposes.
After undergoing testing, the locally made drones, have demonstrated their capability of performing a number of militarily and civilian applications, according to the source.
Speaking on condition of anonymity from the country’s air force base in Debrezeit town, a military official told Sudan Tribune that the drones are equipped with onboard sensors, cameras and GPS to carry out cost-effective monitoring activities even across difficult landscapes like the highlands of Ethiopia.
Besides serving in a number of military missions - such as in monitoring border security - the UAVs will also be deployed to perform geophysical surveys, assist forest protection and monitor forest fires or other natural disasters.
The drones have already made test flights performing a geophysical survey of Ethiopia’s controversial grand renaissance dam, a massive hydro-power plant project the country is constructing on the Blue Nile River near to the Sudanese border.
In recent years, many African countries have shown growing interest in using drones as a cost-effective way to control huge infrastructure facilities, as well as areas rich in natural resources such as oil, mine and gas sites.
In 2011 Ethiopia signed an agreement with Israeli manufacturer BlueBird Aero Systems to purchase drones.
Binyam Tekle, a lecturer and researcher at a government university, says the development of indigenous drones is a great achievement for Ethiopia and will help strengthen the national army.
Due to Ethiopia’s long and fragile borders with Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya, Sudan and more recently South Sudan, he said it is timely for the country to use UAVs to monitor these shared and often tense and porous zones.
“With Eritrea-backed rebels and Somalia’s al-Qaeda linked al-Shabaab terrorists repeatedly posing threats to national security, using UAVs will be crucial for Ethiopia to avert planned attacks,” he told Sudan Tribune.
Ethiopia is a key regional security partner to the United States particularly in the war on terror due to its proximity to Yemen and Somalia.
In 2011, the Obama administration launched a drone base in Ethiopia for counter-terrorism operations in the Horn of Africa, particularly to attack al-Qaeda affiliates in Somalia. Earlier this month, it was revealed that the US has had a drone base in Saudi Arabia, with its existence kept secret by the US media in collusion with the Obama administration.
In recent years, Ethiopia has made tremendous achievements in the defence sector by managing to manufacture its own military equipment and defence systems.
On Thursday, Ethiopia marked its first ever Defence Force Day under the theme “Our constitutional loyalty and public nature would be preserved”.
A defence exhibition was staged in the heart of the capital, Addis Ababa, demonstrating the level of progress the nation has made.
Light and heavy modern weapons, as well as different vehicles manufactured by the army-run automotive industry were also displayed at the exhibition.
Government officials said that Ethiopia has built a defence force capable of breaking any internal or external enemy.
The Horn of Africa nation has one of the strongest army and air forces on the continent and often contributes troops to United Nations peace keeping missions.
Ethiopia spends around 2.4% of its GDP on the military.


http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article45518
 

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The engineering sectors of the defense force produce many arms, according to the ETV news. I wonder if Ethiopia has a long term strategy to export military equipment. The arms Industry is a huge global business and one day the country could get a profit from this sector.

 

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I call it bullshit. There is no way in hell Ethiopia can build a working drone just in 1-2 year. If we are talking about assembling Israelis or U.S's, that's different story.
 

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I call it bullshit. There is no way in hell Ethiopia can build a working drone just in 1-2 year. If we are talking about assembling Israelis or U.S's, that's different story.
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Why the pessimism?There are private individuals and companies who have managed to build drones,why would you doubt the capability of an entire Armed Forces?
 

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I would like to see the mass manufacturing of the drones as they could help in many ways to the Ethiopian economy. Long live Ethiopia!
 

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The Defense Force has shown progress in terms of technology and has had great contribution to the economy. Only feeding and waiting for a fighting like a bull! No more.
 

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The secret for such impressive progress in terms of science and technology is the Defense Engineering College which is Meles's brainchild and later his pet project. He ordered the school formed shortly after taking power and it was formally set up in 1995. From humble beginnings, it is now a premier research institute offering several undergraduate and graduate programs some of which are only offered at the institution.

http://www.dec.edu.et/

Now only if they can provide such attention and resources to the other universities, one can only imagine what could be achieved.
 

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Why the pessimism?There are private individuals and companies who have managed to build drones,why would you doubt the capability of an entire Armed Forces?
I call it being realistic to be honest I am way pessimistic than him. I am not sure they can manufacture a simple aircraft let alone a drone but u know the tplf propaganda make 5 and make it sound 100 times better. U heard what happen with our douple digit growth bullishit now they say we were using a 2000 base line which is 12 years behind reality, I share the pessimism they r just propaganda.
 

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I call it being realistic to be honest I am way pessimistic than him. I am not sure they can manufacture a simple aircraft let alone a drone but u know the tplf propaganda make 5 and make it sound 100 times better. U heard what happen with our douple digit growth bullishit now they say we were using a 2000 base line which is 12 years behind reality, I share the pessimism they r just propaganda.
Maybe so,but a drone is not that complicated to manufacture.Like I said there are private individuals who have built drones right in their backyards.
 

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I call it bullshit. There is no way in hell Ethiopia can build a working drone just in 1-2 year. If we are talking about assembling Israelis or U.S's, that's different story.
The news article makes that clear - they are assembling imported components.

I call it being realistic to be honest I am way pessimistic than him. I am not sure they can manufacture a simple aircraft let alone a drone but u know the tplf propaganda make 5 and make it sound 100 times better. U heard what happen with our douple digit growth bullishit now they say we were using a 2000 base line which is 12 years behind reality, I share the pessimism they r just propaganda.
A UAV is much simpler to build than a manned aircraft.

And regarding economic growth, the government numbers are more or less accurate - using a 2000 baseline doesn't change that.
 

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The news article makes that clear - they are assembling imported components.

A UAV is much simpler to build than a manned aircraft.

And regarding economic growth, the government numbers are more or less accurate - using a 2000 baseline doesn't change that.
R u kidding me or r u just a propaganda machine for tplf let me explain to u in a simple math how it maters

Let us assume our gdp was 1 unit in 2000 if we grew 10% every year as per the international definition here is how the gdp looks like in 10 years

(1+.1)#10 which is 2.6times our gdp in 2000

But according to tplf definition 1.9 times our gdp which makes the gdp growth rate around 5.25 % annually which is well in line with the African general growth rate.

Now this has to be adjusted for inflation, currency devaluation and other economically parameters, the conclusion there were no economical miracle just too much debt and injected money to national economy with no thought for the consequences was an empty propaganda in simple word.
 

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About the defence engineering development.

I am not sure how much tplf can claim the credit, because in 1986 according Ethiopian calander I happen to see the homicho complex around guder or Ambo area producing almost everything the say now. The complex was built by th socialist Korea and Russia and look the vehicle themselves looks like Russian by product loooooooooool
 

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Ethiopian Military-Run Corporation Seeks More Foreign Partners

Metals & Engineering Corp., an Ethiopian military-run corporation, said it plans to partner with more foreign companies as it spearheads a government-drive to develop industries in Africa’s second-most populous nation.

METEC, as it’s known, is already working with companies including Alstom SA, Europe’s second-largest power-equipment maker, U.S.-based solar-panel manufacturer Spire Corp. (SPIR) and China Poly Group Corp. on engineering and manufacturing projects. Some of the company’s budding industries, like vehicle-assembly and engineering businesses, may generate more than 20 billion birr ($1.1 billion) of revenue a year, spokesman Michael Desta said in an interview.

“We’re doing this in collaboration” with foreign companies, he said on Feb. 15 in the capital, Addis Ababa. “We want to learn from them.”

Ethiopia is using one of Africa’s largest armies to help develop an economy that grew an average 8.7 over the past five years, according to the International Monetary Fund. The country operates a state-led development model that targets public and private investment in value-adding industries in order to diversify an economy in which agriculture accounts for 46 percent of total output.

The government is in the midst of a five-year plan in which it’s spending 569 billion birr until 2015 on projects including the $5 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which would be the site of Africa’s biggest hydropower plant.

Military Efficiency
“The military happens to be relatively efficient, disciplined and well-organized to be entrusted with such grand projects,” said Merkeb Negash, a lecturer in political science and international relations at the Department of Governance and Development Studies at Jimma University in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia’s armed forces numbered about 200,000 in November 2011, making it one of the biggest on the continent, according to the website of Global Security, the Washington-based research company. Officers connected with the rebel movement that overthrew the country’s military regime in 1991 dominate senior positions in the government, it said.

Former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who ruled Ethiopia for 21 years before he died in August, may have created METEC to give the military a “stake” in the economy, said Merkeb. “Now the military will always defend the system whatsoever,” he said in an e-mailed response to questions on Feb. 6.

Grand Renaissance
The Ethiopian Electric Power Corp. contracted METEC to build the electro-mechanical works for the $5 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River in partnership with Alstom. The Paris-based company will provide eight turbines and generators for 250 million euros ($333 million) to METEC and commission the plant.

METEC is also building the 50 billion-birr Coal Phosphate Fertilizer Complex Project in Illubabor Zone of Oromia Region for the Privatization and Public Enterprises Supervising Agency, and is the main contractor for the Sugar Corp., a government enterprise that’s building 10 cane plantations and processors nationwide at a cost of about $5 billion, Michael said. The fertilizer project will be transferred to the newly formed Chemical Industry Corp. when it’s finished, he said.

The organization is involved in “priority areas and import-substitution,” Deputy Prime Minister Debretsion Gebremichael, who is responsible for economic coordination, said in a Jan. 23 interview. “They cannot do it by their own so they look for partners, international as well as local. They’re bringing many actors to the picture but at the heart of everything it’s METEC.”

Vehicle Manufacturing
METEC was established in June 2010 with 10 billion birr of capital by grouping nine businesses previously owned by the Defense Ministry, including Dejen Aviation Industry and Gafat Armament Industry, Michael said. Six other industries, including plastic, tractor and vehicle spare-parts manufacturers, were transferred to METEC from the privatization agency and it now operates as many as 75 factories nationwide, Michael said.

METEC is overseen by a board headed by Defense Minister Siraj Fergessa, Michael said. It employs about 13,000 people, including more than 1,000 engineers, he said.

Siraj in September opened a 200 million-birr factory in Modjo, 70 kilometers (44 miles) southeast of Addis Ababa that will make turbines, generators and high-voltage electricity- transmission cables, according to state-owned Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency. A METEC arms factory was opened the same day, it said on its website.

Poly Technologies Plc, part of the Beijing-based China Poly Group, is building truck-assembly plants in Modjo and Bishoftu for METEC, Xinhua reported on Sept. 27.

“In the future we will avoid importing everything but the engine,” Michael said. “Maybe in the future the engine will be produced here.”


To contact the reporter on this story: William Davison in Addis Ababa at [email protected]

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at [email protected]
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About the defence engineering development.

I am not sure how much tplf can claim the credit, because in 1986 according Ethiopian calander I happen to see the homicho complex around guder or Ambo area producing almost everything the say now. The complex was built by th socialist Korea and Russia and look the vehicle themselves looks like Russian by product loooooooooool
your propoganda is worst than TPLF's propoganda. you must be Gondera oppostion or Hammasseine.:lol: too blind!:lol:
 

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your propoganda is worst than TPLF's propoganda. you must be Gondera oppostion or Hammasseine.:lol: too blind!:lol:
Tanks for that that is the difference between steak and carrot. But belive me what I said ain't false if u went bk home I will find those pictures and post it
 

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Somehow it has a bit truth. The Dèrg règime had an ambitious plan to produce and overhaul heavy armored vehicles, tanks and many other medium and heavy weapons. That is why the Bishoftu complex was establish around 1987. The Debrezeit airforce complex has also overhauled MIG fighting jets for long. It was also interesting to know about the participation of North Korea on boosting the Ethiopian military industry during Dèrg règime. November 1985, North Korea provided Ethiopia a 6 million birr interest-free loan to be used to purchase equipment with which to construct a shipyard on Haleb Island, off Aseb. It was expected the shipyard to produce wooden-hulled and steel-hulled craft ranging in size from 5,000 to 150,000 tons displacement. The project had not been come to the end. The Ethio-Korean military relationship had continued even during the era of EPRDF, as the North Korea had helped the Government by strengthening the Gafat complex in Debrezeit as well as the munitions factory in Ambo.
The current Ethiopian defense industry has of course the foot print from the past. But the magnitude and the organization is much better than before. It has developed from simply manufacturing and assembling of arms to a teaching and research center. Now a day Ethiopia has enjoyed such relationship with Israel too. That is a success.

I have just dug out this info, please read.

http://dahlak.com/wikileaks.htm

 

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I look forward to the day we see indigenous technology designed and produced in the country. I actually think we already have the brainpower needed even within the country, it's just a matter of tapping into it. EAL is already a minor supplier for Boeing for instance, and it is planning to grow its supplier business. That alone tells you the aviation know-how is not that bad in the country. Additionally, the diaspora is a good source of talent. I know there are several Ethiopian engineers who work at Boeing for instance- I even know one personally.

The arms industry is a hugely lucrative business so it would be a great source of foreign currency. In addition, you can't have a serious army if you depend on foreign suppliers. A strong local arms industry is a must for any country that aspires to have any type of influence and power.
 

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I look forward to the day we see indigenous technology designed and produced in the country. I actually think we already have the brainpower needed even within the country, it's just a matter of tapping into it. EAL is already a minor supplier for Boeing for instance, and it is planning to grow its supplier business. That alone tells you the aviation know-how is not that bad in the country. Additionally, the diaspora is a good source of talent. I know there are several Ethiopian engineers who work at Boeing for instance- I even know one personally.

The arms industry is a hugely lucrative business so it would be a great source of foreign currency. In addition, you can't have a serious army if you depend on foreign suppliers. A strong local arms industry is a must for any country that aspires to have any type of influence and power.
I wasn't aware that EAL was a minor supplier of Boeing.......what items do they supply?
 
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