Ground system and flight trials will take place in Wales later this year for Watchkeeper, the U.K.’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which has been plagued by delays. The Watchkeeper WK450, developed by Thales UK and Elbit Systems of Israel, was scheduled to enter service in late 2005 or by mid-2006. U.K. forces in Afghanistan (and previously in Iraq) have been using Elbit’s Hermes 450 UAV, on which the WK450 is based. Plans now call for Watchkeeper to be operational next year (DTI ...


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