Delayed Watchkeeper Moves Closer To Service

By Tony Osborne
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
October 14, 2013

It may be three years behind schedule, but the U.K.'s long-running WK450 Watchkeeper unmanned air system (UAS) could now be on the cusp of entering service.

The system built by Thales U.K. has been held back by dramatic changes in the way the U.K. Defense Ministry brings new aircraft into service. But despite this, there is optimism that the certification process used by the U.K.'s Military Aviation Authority (MAA) could ultimately allow wider uses for the aircraft once it is operational with the British Army.

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