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Venezuelan technology plan may lean on Iran

27th November 2020 - 12:00 GMT | by Wilder Alejandro Sanchez in Washington DC

Will the arms export ambitions of an emboldened Iran converge with Maduro's plans to develop the Venezuelan defence industry?

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced in a 19 November speech that his country aims to manufacture its own UAVs and aircraft, but grainy footage on state TV (pictured) suggests that Iran may also be assisting this quest.

Maduro boasted that Venezuela ‘will even export drones, will be made with Venezuelan aluminum’. During a broadcast of his speech, state-run TV channel VTV zoomed on a small model of a UAV with the serial number P071A-007. The platform resembles the Iranian Mohajer-6.

Pointing at the model UAV, Maduro said ‘we will soon manufacture it. Us. Venezuelans. [There will be] drones for

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Wilder Alejandro Sanchez


Wilder Alejandro Sanchez

Wilder Alejandro Sánchez is an analyst who covers defense & security, geopolitical, and trade issues …

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