LONDON – The U.K. defense ministry has denied that it is close to a deal to purchase a trio of Airbus Zephyr 8 pseudo-satellite UAVs. The denial emerged after Airbus executive Steve Whitby briefed journalists here Sept. 9, saying that the company was in final negotiations for a contract with the U.K. defense ministry. Whitby said U.K. interest in the platform grew after a Zephyr 7 system owned by the U.K. defense ministry performed an 11-day flight trial last winter in the Southern ...

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