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The Dutch army Sperwer unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made its last flight yesterday. The UAV was launched by the push of a button in its ground station by the commander of Dutch land forces, Lt.Gen. Rob Bertholee.Dutch Ministry of Defense photoSperwer was in service with the Dutch army for 12 years, including three years in Uruzgan, Afghanistan, in 2006-2009. In a Dutch Ministry of Defense video on the last Sperwer flight, Bertholee talks about the valuable UAV experience gained during this time. The Dutch army's 101 Remotely Piloted Vehicle Battery has conducted 601 Sperwer flights totalling 1,151 hours, including 285 flights totalling 713 hours in Afghanistan.The Dutch army will use Scan Eagle as an interim solution until Sperwer is replaced. It also has 25 systems with three Raven UAVs each.
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