In the wake of the fatal downing of an airliner over occupied Ukraine on 17 July, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has issued an urgent solicitation to acquire an unmanned air vehicle capability to monitor the area.
The OSCE is conducting a special monitoring mission in Ukraine following the crash of the Boeing 777-200ER that is understood to have been brought down by a surface-to-air missile. The organisation now requires a UAV “turnkey solution” to aid with its assessment of the area, and responses are due by Friday 25 July.
“The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe hereby solicits your bid for a turnkey solution for provision of unarmed aerial vehicle services in Ukraine in accordance with the requirements stipulated in the ITB [invitation to bid] documents,” the solicitation reads.
The shooting in the Ukrainian region of Donetsk – which has recently become occupied by pro-Russian rebels – resulted in the deaths of all 298 people on board the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
OSCE investigators are currently investigating the crash site to determine who shot down the plane.