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Taranis breaks cover

12th July 2010 - 20:03 GMT | by Andrew White in Warton

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The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has unveiled a ‘futuristic’ concept demonstrator as part of its Taranis UCAV programme. In a ceremony at BAE Systems’ site in Warton, Lancashire, minister for international security strategy, Gerald Howarth, said the prototype would help the MoD to ‘understand how to integrate unmanned and manned [aerial] vehicles into the battlespace’.

He added that this was already being done in Afghanistan with MQ-9 Reaper UAVs and described how an evaluation of the UCAV programme would help ‘inform decisions for where we are going hereafter’.

Team Taranis, which comprises BAE Systems, GE Aviation, QinetiQ and Rolls

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