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Saudi Arabia unveils first indigenous armed drone ‘Saqr 1’

12th May 2017 - 09:26 GMT | by Ben Brook in London

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King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has unveiled a new strategic drone programme called Saqr 1 in Riyadh according to a Saudi Press Agency report 10 May.

KACST President Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed stated that the Saqr 1 is equipped with a Ka satellite communication system. It has a range of 2500km, can launch guided armaments from 550 – 6000m with a range of 10km. The UAV is equipped with thermal imaging and surveillance technology, and capable of an average altitude of 20,000ft with a flight time of 24 hours.

The National Aeronautical Technology Centre, a

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After serving as a paratrooper and completing a degree in Politics and International Relations, Ben …

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