Royal Navy's new eyes in the sky
The Royal Navy's first ever remotely-piloted air system takes flight. Just 7 months after the Ministry of Defence ordered the system from Boeing Defence UK, footage has been released showing ScanEagle taking flight from HMS Somerset in the Gulf.
The system, which can be launched by a pneumatic catapult from Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels, is unarmed and used for real-time intelligence-gathering and reconnaissance only.
Pilots in a specialist team on board the ship plan ScanEa...
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