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Where are all the Watchkeepers?

The new issue of Flight International includes a two-page feature on the UK’s glacial-paced Watchkeeper unmanned air system programme, which harks back to the legacy of the British Army’s earlier Phoenix: a UAV so unreliable that it was nicknamed the “Bugger off”, due to the at-times slim chance of it actually returning from a mission. […]

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British Army eyes Apache upgrade

The US Army will be withdrawing support for sustaining the AH-64D Apache Longbow’s Block I standard by 2017, which poses a bit of an issue for the UK. It’s less than a decade since the British Army’s Westland-completed Apache AH1s entered use (initial operating capability came in October 2004), but the service needs to act […]

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Waiting for Watchkeeper

A month ago, Flightglobal published an article updating the status of the British Army’s Watchkeeper unmanned air system programme. Summarised in one sentence, our report said delayed operational field trials were set to start [these are now under way, according to an industry source] and that the first equipment would be deployed for use in […]

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