The British Ministry of Defense announced the purchase of its third Zephyr-S Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. This record breaking aircraft is only part of its contract with Airbus Defence and Space, valued at 13 million British Pounds. This Zephyr-S is unlike any in its class. It surpasses the capabilities offered by a typical aerial vehicle. The aircraft’s performance resembles more of a satellite’s with its ability to fly for 45 days straight at two times the elevation of a commercial plane. Because of its impressive 70,000feet reach, it is sometimes referenced as a High Altitude Pseudo Satellite.
The third Zephyr-S will join the other two ordered earlier this February to form an Operational Concept Demonstrator that will demonstrate its full capabilities and usefulness for the UK’s Armed Forces. This new Zephyr-S alone is expected to gather more reliable information with a greater level of detail at a constant rate. This is only the beginning of the BMD’s strategy to increase defense. According to Michael Fallon. the Defence Secretary, Zephyr-S is part of the new technology they plan on using to better equip British Special Forces. A better defense means more money invested in ships, aircraft carriers, troops, and cyber security. Britain has no problem investing in their defense especially after the increase in threats to national security. A contract has already been set to increase spending on their defense each year for the next ten years to successfully accomplish safeguarding the country. The collaboration between Airbus and the UK on this purchase also functions as a boost for British economy and for its armed forces.
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