The British Defense Ministry will soon begin to evaluate whether its ambition to field quickly a key unmanned aerial vehicle system is achievable--and affordable. Bids were submitted on Mar. 14 for the 600-million-pound ($874-million) Watchkeeper program. It is intended to provide the army with a cornerstone of what the Defense Ministry calls its Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (Istar) capability. Watchkeeper is slated to enter service around 2006, ...

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