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Very high-flying drone could offer many security applications

By BROOKS TIGNER, BRUSSELS – One of Europe’s largest defence companies is refining the technical details of a prototype drone designed to fly so high, so cheaply and at such long endurance it could have endless applications for both civil security and defence users. The device enters testing with a European ministry of defence in the second half of 2017 and could be commercialised by the early 2020s.

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