Maybe if we knock an F-35B off the order, we could get ten of these?
The Register was among the first news outlets to get a close-up look at Insitu's new Scaneagle 3 aerial surveillance drone during its first public demo at a naval test range in Spain. The Scaneagle will be known to British readers as the successful unmanned aircraft used by the Royal Navy right up until the UK ran out of money …
Meh the F35 is a bad deal but our Watchkeeper drones are far worse £1,000,000,000 spent and nothing to show but a list of crashes I seriously dought that those things will ever do anything useful leave out justify there existence.
I personally wonder whether they are kept around by the RAF flyboys for the sole purpose of being able to point at them and say how crap drones, are and we really do need super shiny new fighter jets with mad-boys at then helm.
Not sure that the F35 is such a bad deal, it might be the most astute UK military purchase in history?
Why? If 15% of the plane is built in the UK then we receive revenue for EVERY F35 built and sold. With hoped for international sales in the thousands it's actually likely to be self-funding
I've seen the ScanEagle 2 in action. Lovely kit. More than 18 hr endurance, an EO ball that is "good 'nuff". Visible and audible signatures are low enough that if I stay downwind of a point of interest, people there will likely not notice anything. Obviously this did not begin life as a DoD acquisition! Thank you fishing fleet...
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