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Pictured: The Remote Piloted Air System (RPAS) known as Watchkeeper is pictured during flight trials at Parc Aberporth in West Wales. STOCK PICTURE<br />
Re: A multimillion-pound drone was scrapped after it crashed at a Ceredigion airfield, according to a declassified report.<br />
The 70st (450kg) unarmed, unmanned air vehicle (UAV) crashed at Aberporth airfield during a test flight in October 2014.<br />
It was part of the Army's £800m Watchkeeper surveillance drone programme - due to come online in 2017.<br />
Details of the crash emerged in a Ministry of Defence (MoD) report.<br />
Protests have seen hundreds turn out against the drone testing site at Parc Aberporth.<br />
The drone in this case was being flown by civilian contractors from UAV Tactical Systems Ltd, with the crew including two experienced former RAF pilots.<br />
Weather conditions began to deteriorate after the drone had flown a circuit of the west Wales drone testing area at 5,000ft (1,524m).<br />
Those flying the UAV tried to override its automatic landing system as it came in to touch down because they were worried it would fly into a thunderstorm.
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Pictured: The Remote Piloted Air System (RPAS) known as Watchkeeper is pictured during flight trials at Parc Aberporth in West Wales. STOCK PICTURE
Re: A multimillion-pound drone was scrapped after it crashed at a Ceredigion airfield, according to a declassified report.
The 70st (450kg) unarmed, unmanned air vehicle (UAV) crashed at Aberporth airfield during a test flight in October 2014.
It was part of the Army's £800m Watchkeeper surveillance drone programme - due to...
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