Colombia uses unmanned aircraft to track FARC

Posted on March 24, 2011 • Filed under: Colombia, Conflicts, Drug Activity, FARC, Latin America Wikileaks, United States

Colombia has used unmanned aerial vehicles, UAVs, since 2006 to detect movement of the FARC and drug shipments, according to a leaked official cable published by WikiLeaks. One of the systems mentioned is the ScanEagle of Boeing. The document collected by the newspaper El Espectador, said that unmanned aerial systems arrived in the country in July 2006 but the office does not indicate how much or how long it has been used. However, “the program’s main priorities are to support UAV efforts to rescue U.S. hostages and to assist the Colombian military to go after leaders of the FARC,” reads the cable. Read Article

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