20 Jun '16, 2pm

#UK is transfering the @BritishArmy's Watchkeeper #UAVs to the #helicopter command

#UK is transfering the @BritishArmy's Watchkeeper #UAVs to the #helicopter command

The British Army is to transfer day-to-day command of the UK's Thales WK450 Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) in a bid to smooth its entry into front-line service. Army sources told IHS Jane's that the switch would take place at the end of August with the aim of concentrating all the service's large air assets under a single umbrella organisation. The Andover-based JHC brings together Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, and Army Air Corps transport, utility, and attack helicopters under a single command. The British Army's Force Troops Command currently controls the units of Royal Artillery equipped with Watchkeeper. The Watchkeeper will continue to be operated by 32 and 47 Regiments of the Royal Artillery, both based at Larkhill. By moving the Watchkeeper to JHC it is hoped that the crews who operate it will benefit from exposure t...

Full article: http://www.janes.com/article/61615/uk-transfers-watchkeep...

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