Unmanned spy plane flies in public

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The plane flew for 30 minutes over the Veluwe national park.

10 April 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - The Ministry of Defence has flown its unmanned spy plane, the Sperwer (Sparrowhawk) for the first time over non-military terrain.

The plane took off from the military base 't Harde and flew for 30 minutes over the Veluwe national park.

The Sperwer, which is three and a half metres long and remotely controlled, can stay in the air longer than a helicopter.

It will be used not just for military reconnaissance, but also in the event of disasters. Its on-board camera allows the Sperwer to monitor the ground and trace missing people. The Sperwer is already being used in Afghanistan, where one has crashed.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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