US military to start using drones to deliver food to Vietnamese farmers
US military officials say they are working with the Vietnam Food Security Agency (VFSA) to pilot drone deliveries of fresh food to farmers in Vietnam.
According to US military spokesman Lt Col Brian Ritchie, the VFSA will have access to up to 500 drones at a time, and will use drones for “essential logistical support” in the country.
“In this case, VFSAs is able to deliver fresh, healthy food to remote areas of Vietnam and allow VFSAnos to continue to deliver their supplies to rural areas,” Ritchie said.
According to the VFW, the drones will be able to fly at speeds of up to 3,000km/h (2,800 miles/3,100 miles/5,000 miles) for a distance of 30km.
They will also be able “to deliver a wide range of food items such as rice, vegetables, fish, meat, fruit, and dairy products”.
“The US has deployed more than 1,200 drones to Vietnam over the past decade to support military operations,” the VFAW said in a statement.
“We have received requests from VFSanos to support farmers, provide equipment and support, and to provide technical assistance.”
In 2015, the US military began flying drones over Vietnam to help deliver food supplies to farmers, and the agency also partnered with the CIA to fly a drone over the country in 2016.
“The VFSAA is the sole provider of the most essential logistical support for VFSans mission in the region,” RAAF Brig Gen Robert Sibson, a spokesman for the US Department of Defense, said in the statement.
“The VFAVSA is the largest agricultural enterprise in Vietnam and a key partner for the U.S. military in the fight against drug trafficking.”
According to Ritchie’s statement, VFAVs drones will “deliver fresh, nutritious food to VFSanoanos remote areas and allow them to continue providing food assistance to rural Vietnam”.