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The British Army's new Watchkeeper robotic surveillance aircraft has made its first autonomous test flight, carrying out a full mission without remote piloting. The tests took place in Israel, at a facility operated by Israeli drone manufacturer Elbit. Watchkeeper is being made jointly by Thales UK, the British arm of the …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I wonder...

    ...when we can expect to see these in the skies over Britain?

    Wacqui Jacqui must be jiggling up and down with exceitement at the prospect.

  2. Harry Sheppard

    Electro-optical camera system?

    That's a digital camera, then...

  3. Yorkshirepudding

    at anon coward

    probably sooner than you think, merseyside police have used one for monitoring football matches, soon they will be everywhere

    i for one welcome out hoverbot overlords

  4. Wayland Sothcott
    Black Helicopters

    What's the matter with you people (above three posts)

    Can't we have a British Technology success story without everyone complaining these things will be spying on us 24x7?

    Well yeah I know they will be used to spy on us, and blimps and helecopters, but I just thought we could pretend it's npt happening.

    Dark chopper for obvious reasons.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Come on Lewis. How about rubbing in the price differential between the model the US is buying and the Watchkeeper? One which can carry missiles - $7.5m. One which can't £16m.

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