March 11, 2015 Spacewar.com (AFP)
Buenos Aires - Argentina will manufacture locally designed military drones, according to an announcement Tuesday in the official government gazette.
Argentina plans to use the drones, expected to fly as long as 12-20 hours, on its ships in searches at sea.
The program has an initial investment of 238 million dollars, the gazette said. The government contract is with state-owned INVAP, which makes complex technological products, and is owned by Rio Negro province.
INVAP designed Argentina's first communications satellite which was launched in October.
Dubbed ARSAT-1, it was Latin America's first to be built with homegrown technology.