The Government is looking to set up a unit, possibly within the Guyana Defence Force, that will utilize drone technology to provide better surveillance of the country’s airspace, particularly in the interior locations.
State Minister Joseph Harmon made the revelation on Thursday during an engagement with the media and said the recent discovery of an illegal aircraft here has triggered this move.
“What we are looking at the establishment of a unit which uses drones, because drone technology is basically the way the world is going right now.”
The Minister said currently commercial drones are being utilized for limited use but the government is exploring the use of more hardcore drones that could stay in the air for longer periods of time and give more accurate readings.
“It is going to be part of our budgetary approach for 2018 for the Defence force and will be for use for the rest of the country,” he added.
Harmon explained that it will allow for the covering of more grounds and the reducing of the need for the deployment of troops on the ground, particularly in those hard to access areas.
Already the government has received proposals regarding the quality and type of drones that can be used.
Mr. Harmon said there is some Information which suggests a level of collusion with the police and persons who landed the illegal aircraft here.
That information, he said, will inform the way deal will the deployment of ranks in the areas.
Just weeks after discovering an illegal airstrip in the Santa Fe, North Rupununi area, Police investigators found the illegal aircraft on another illegal airstrip in the area.
The Police said initially that after the aircraft landed, ranks reported that they spotted three men running away from the aircraft.
Harmon said however that allegations of collusion are being investigated. He could not confirm that ranks were paid to let the men go.