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Green Light for Watchkeeper

UK DEFENCE Secretary John Reid gave the go-ahead on July 20 for the UK Armed Forces’ Watchkeeper battlefield surveillance unmanned air vehicle (UAV) programme, for which Thales UK was selected as prime contractor exactly 12 months ago. It was then expected that an S800 million contract for the programme would have been signed by the end of 2004, but revised thinking on Watchkeeper requirements have led to delays in signing the firm order. Reid now says that the contract will be for around $700 million, suggesting some cutback in overall requirements. He added: «The aim is to bring Watchkeeper into

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FRANCE EARLY TESTS drones WATCHKEEPER

  France, in collaboration with the UK beginning tests Watchkeeper tactical UAV 450. This was reported on the website of the Agency Defence Procurement France (DGA).   The agreement on the joint operation of UAVs France and Great Britain was achieved in 2010 in the framework of a bilateral conference in London (Lancaster House Treaty). How / expected operational use of UAV Watchkeeper France will begin in 2013 at Istres airbase.   UAV Watchkeeper 450 was created by the Israeli company Elbit Systems commissioned by the English department on the basis of Thales Hermes 450 UAV. Watchkeeper layout of the

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France began testing unmanned Watchkeeper

France, in collaboration with the UK early tests of tactical UAV Watchkeeper 450. This was reported on the website of the French defense procurement agency (DGA).

The agreement on the joint operation of UAVs France and Great Britain was achieved in 2010 in the framework of a bilateral conference in London (Lancaster House Treaty). As expected, the operational application of Watchkeeper UAV France will start in 2013 at the Istres air base.

Watchkeeper 450 UAV was created by the Israeli company Elbit Systems commissioned by the English units Thales based UAV Hermes 450. From its own layout Watchkeeper is

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British Army has armed UAV Watchkeeper

UK Ministry of Defence has adopted a reconnaissance drones WK450 Watchkeeper, developed on the basis of the Israeli Hermes 450, reports Jane’s. As expected, the British soldiers will learn operating drones from the end of March this year. The first will be trained fighters 1st Artillery Brigade. Their training will be the training ground on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire. Drones will make training flights in a closed air zone at altitudes ranging from 2.4 to 4.9 thousand meters under the supervision of military controllers of air traffic control. In total, adopted England planned to take 54 UAV Watchkeeper, which

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