Air Platforms

DSEI 2017: UK grounding of Watchkeeper lifted

27 September 2017

The British Army has lifted a grounding order imposed on its Thales Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) earlier this year after two of the service’s air vehicles were lost in crashes in the Irish Sea.

“Watchkeeper is back in the air after we briefly paused flying earlier this year,” said the commander of the UK’s Joint Helicopter Command (JHC), Royal Navy Rear Admiral Jon Pentreath, after revealing the incidents during the Future of Military Rotorcraft conference at the DSEI defence exhibition in London on 11 September.

The admiral’s command is responsible for controlling the Royal Artillery unit equipped with the Watchkeeper: 47 Regiment, based at Larkhill on Salisbury Plain.

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