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UK MoD confirms third Zephyr

17th August 2016 - 11:59 GMT | by Beth Maundrill in London

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The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed it will purchase a third Zephyr high altitude pseudo satellite (HAPS) as part of a £13 million contract with Airbus Defence and Space (DS). 

The MoD initially awarded the company a contract in February in 2016 for two of the aircraft with operational tests set to take place in 2017. 

The three aircraft will form a part of an operational concept demonstrator. According to the MoD the additional Zephyr-S will enable two airframes to be testing simultaneously and demonstrate operational handover to show the capability can be sustained indefinitely. 

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