Botswana builds UAV surveillance force

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Botswana is creating an intelligence gathering un-manned air vehicle capability, following an order for Israeli-built systems.

According to sources in Botswana, the southern African country recently signed a contract to purchase at least three short-range systems from Silver Arrow.

The Botswana defence force plans to deploy the systems along its borders with Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

The contract includes training of Botswanan personnel by Israeli teams. Sources suggest the deal could lead to the purchase of larger UAVs with greater range and longer endurance.