Royal Navy ScanEagle takes flight
Footage released shows ScanEagle taking flight from HMS Somerset.
Royal Navy’s first ever remotely-piloted air system takes flight
Just 7 months after the British Ministry of Defense ordered the system from Boeing Defense UK, footage released today, 22 June, shows 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 uses for real-time intelligence-gathering and reconnaissance only.
Pilots in a specialist team on board the ship plan ScanEagle’s missions and control its flight. Once its mission is over it returns to the ship where the information, gathered by its state-of-the art sensors, is then monitored and analyzed.
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