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Watchkeeper nears interim release to service

16th January 2014 - 13:36 GMT | by Beth Stevenson in RAF Waddington


A senior British Army officer has revealed that the WK450 Watchkeeper UAS will receive an Interim Release to Service (IRTS) 'in the next quarter'.

The news would signal a significant first step towards a potential deployment to Afghanistan although MoD officials admitted that no decisions had yet been made.

The IRTS would allow the army to begin operating the aircraft from MoD Boscombe Down in Wiltshire, UK.

‘We have very high confidence the IRTS- military people flying Watchkeeper from Boscombe Down- will happen in the next quarter,’ Lt Col Craig Palmer told Shephard at a media briefing at RAF Waddington. 

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Beth Stevenson


Beth Stevenson

Beth is a former senior reporter for Digital Battlespace and Unmanned Vehicles magazines. Beth graduated …

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