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ANALYSIS: UK Royal Navy eyes rotary-wing UAV capability

The Royal Navy has taken a measured approach to its exploration of UAVs for use in vessel-based operations, but is yet to have a robust capability in either the fixed- or rotary-wing categories. The service operated the Boeing Insitu ScanEagle on a contractor-owned, contractor-operated basis from 2013 to 2017 – and despite seemingly assessing several replacement alternatives during its Unmanned Warrior exercise in 2016, it still does not have a new fixed-wing tactical system in operation.

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