Yet more British military drones crash, this time into the Irish Sea

www.theregister.co.uk | 9/14/2017 | Staff
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Another two Watchkeeper drones crashed in the last year, taking the number of Watchkeepers destroyed in crashes up to four.

The two semi-autonomous aircraft, which mainly operate from West Wales Airport at Aberporth, reportedly crashed at some point during the last year, resulting in the 52-strong Watchkeeper fleet being grounded.

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The news was revealed at the Defence and Security Exhibition International (DSEI) trade show in London’s Docklands in a talk given by Rear Admiral Jon Pentreath, chief of Joint Helicopter Command at the Ministry of Defence.

The Thales-built Watchkeeper “is back in the air again”, the admiral told the audience, composed largely of military personnel, defence industry representatives – and a journalist from aerospace magazine Flight Global.

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The aircraft were grounded until July this year, though the ministry has not yet confessed how long the drone fleet was grounded for. Generally the MoD grounds an entire fleet of aircraft whenever an initially unexplained accident...
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