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Watchkeeper flight reduction 'normal', says Thales

6th February 2014 - 16:23 GMT | by Beth Stevenson in London


The British Army’s WK450 Watchkeeper UAS remains on track with its trials and training schedule according to Thales, although industry sources have indicated a sudden reduction in flight hours over recent months.

According to Thales and MoD figures, some 600 flights totalling 1,000 flight hours were recorded up until mid-September 2013. However, reports of figures published in January this year fail to improve on these numbers, implying that WK450 suffered from a dramatic reduction in flight hours between October and December.

‘Since official updates made during DSEI, Watchkeeper has continued flying in Aberporth, West Wales and has passed a

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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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