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 property is different, namely, the new chassis and the presence of anti-icing system on the wings.
In 2005, the Ministry of Defence of England concluded with Thales deal to supply 54 drones total cost of 800 million pounds. First flight Watchkeeper for England on 14 April 2010.
In February 2012, reported the British BAE Systems plans to bring the French side