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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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Hermes accident rate prompts UK action

The British Army’s interim use of leased Hermes 450 unmanned air vehicles has involved an eye-watering 11 crashes in Afghanistan since 2007, according to armed forces minister Andrew Robathan. I filed an initial news story about the disclosure earlier today, but hope to get an answer from the army soon with regard to the categories of accident […]

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