The U.K.’s desire to keep open the choice of a long-range, long-endurance UAV in a pending study has forced the Defense Ministry to nix near-term ambitions for the Reaper. A senior air force official says the ministry is, in a sense, “playing for time.” Its Dabinett intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) program will reach the “initial gate” stage of the British procurement process in 2010. Dabinett has two core elements: One is aimed at better exploiting what is already ...

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