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Eyes in the skies: Drones of today and tomorrow

The Watchkeeper drone is an autonomous aircraft, which the British army says can be fitted with radar sensitive enough to detect footprints left in the dirt.

The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has bought drones of this type to provide forces with the ability to carry out surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance 24/7 in all weathers.

The MoD will use Watchkeeper as part of a system made up of unmanned air vehicles, sensors, data links and ground control stations.

The drone, a modified version of the Israeli Hermes 450 craft, was due to be deployed by the UK military in February this year.

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3 comments
CharlesG1970
CharlesG1970

You seem to be talking in the past tense... They are already in use...

Systems Guy
Systems Guy

I applaude this technology and it's original intended use, i.e., in a war theatre, however, anyone is a fool who thinks these will never be used on US civilians during peace time. Further anyone who says they won't be are liars.

buddyfarr
buddyfarr

CharlesG1970 is correct. these are already in use in civilian areas in the U.S.A. They have been for quite a while.