October 26, 2021
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Reconnaissance asset
Royal Navy’s ScanEagle to be deployed soon

The Royal Navy is deploying multimillion pound unmanned surveillance crafts to scout out missions and gather intelligence. UK warships are to benefit from an unmanned ‘eye in the sky’ as part of a new multimillion-pound contract.

The unarmed ScanEagle aircraft is to be used by the Royal Navy and will launch from the back of ships to fly above them. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced it will use the craft to collect intelligence and scout out the surrounding areas.

ScanEagle is a maritime reconnaissance asset that can be launched off the back of Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships day or night to gather intelligence and survey the wider area of operations. It will complement the existing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets used on operations such as helicopters and long-range radar.

With a wingspan of just over three metres and weighing 22kg, the ‘eye in the sky’ will be launched from Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliar
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