U.K. Moves To Improve Public Image Of UAVs

By Tony Osborne
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
January 27, 2014
Credit: Sgt Pete Mobbs RAF/Crown Copyright

With its unmanned aerial vehicles supporting troops in Afghanistan, the U.K. Defense Ministry is also trying to fight a battle against public perception back home.

As one of a handful of nations flying armed MQ-9 Reaper UAVs, the U.K. has found its efforts blighted by associations with the U.S. armed services and intelligence agency operations striking at suspected terrorists in Pakistan and elsewhere, perceived breaches of international law and sentiment that aircraft like the Reaper and the soon-to-be-introduced Thales Watchkeeper system are technologies out of control.

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