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UK confirms Zephyr purchase

3rd February 2016 - 11:35 GMT | by Beth Maundrill in London

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The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) will invest in two Zephyr High Altitude Pseudo Satellites (HAPS) in a deal worth £10.6 million.

The contract will include the build and testing of Zephyr, which will be carried out by Airbus Defence and Space (DS) in the UK at its Farnborough site.

According to the MoD the deal will allow the UK to determine if the HAPS can fulfil a requirement for persistent battlefield surveillance capability and serve to explore wider capability benefits across front line commands and other government departments. 

An operational concept demonstrator test will take place in 2017 to …

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