ArmChairCivvy wrote:I've written about the joint maintenance facility for Typhoons in the Gulf (promoted/ bankrolled by the Saudis) before, so the Oman & Kuwait deals do lift the prospects for future sales. In want of such a shared facility, split buys would become disproportionately expensive (for lack of specialists even impossible) for such small airforces.
So along with 1,900 new staff for our agencies and increased investment in counter-terrorism police, we will make a major new investment in a new generation of surveillance drones.
These British-designed unmanned aircraft will fly at the very edge of the earth’s atmosphere and allow us to observe our adversaries for weeks on end, providing critical intelligence for our forces. As part of our historic partnership, under the Lancaster House Treaty, we also intend to make a significant joint investment with France in developing unmanned combat air vehicles.
The Armchair Soldier wrote:Is that Zephyr he's talking about?
develop a high altitude long endurance surveillance and relay RPAS
Anglo-French UCAV Study Begins To Take Shape
British-French UCAV could fly as wingman to manned fighters
More than 18 months have passed since Britain and France embarked on a path to develop an unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) and much has been achieved, albeit mostly behind closed doors. Since the two governments signed off on the multinational two-year Future Combat Air System (FCAS) feasibility study at the Farnborough Airshow in 2014 and work began in October that year, there is now growing consensus on the planform of the aircraft, and while decisions about an engine selection remain ...
Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35478489The UK Ministry of Defence is going to acquire some high-altitude "eternal planes".
The unmanned, solar-powered aircraft, known as Zephyrs, fly above the jet streams and will stay aloft for months on end.
Designed and built in Britain, the vehicles will carry small payloads that might consist of reconnaissance cameras or communications equipment.
The MoD is likely to buy two Zephyrs in the first instance.
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