is based on the Hermes 450 drone by Israeli-firm Elbit, which has notched up more than 30,000 flight hours in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2007.
fleet, due to go to war in Afghanistan in 2011, have a range of uses - including the ability to automatically check ground disturbance on an hour by hour basis.
AS3s integration into Watchkeeper
is the culmination of a jointly funded collaborative project between Thales and QinetiQ, with its roots in a contract with Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).
In his concluding remarks, Air Marshal Garwood said: "There is little doubt that Watchkeeper
is a highly complex platform, particularly when in its landing phase, and it has become clear that this complexity is not fully understood by the operators.
is a reconnaissance-only, it doesn't have any weapons.
The small station on Nell's Point, Barry Island, which closed more than 20 years ago, would also be used as a training centre for watchkeepers
Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon announced yesterday that the French group has preferred-bidder status for the contract to deliver the Watchkeeper
programme of unmanned aerial vehicles, worth several hundred million pounds.
The UK arm of French defence group Thales last night claimed that as many as 2,500 jobs could be created or safeguarded if its bid for the Ministry of Defence's pounds 800 million Watchkeeper
programme is successful.
It was tested in June 2003 aboard the Northrop Grumman (San Diego, CA) Fire Scout vertical-takeoff-and-landing tactical UAV (VTUAV), for the UK's Watchkeeper
Zandeed's form figures look good but they have been earned through front-running in far less competitive events; Watchkeeper
, too, has apparently benefited from dictating things in lesser company; Dream Magic has achieved his figures in far more competitive events, but at a mile rather than the mile and a quarter of today's race.
Plenty have chances in the 1m 2f handicap but Swordplay (3.25) may just have the edge over in-form quartet Lafayette, Zandeed, Watchkeeper
and Prompt Payment.
Limited Tenders are invited for Annual Maintenance Contract alongwith watchkeeper
for 5t eot