Po­lice start test­ing first set of drones to help fire­fight­ers

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The Greek Po­lice (ELAS) has started test­ing the first un­armed aerial ve­hi­cle, or drone, it has pur­chased to im­prove its se­cu­rity ca­pa­bil­i­ties, Kathimerini has learned.

Sources said that op­er­a­tors have con­ducted test flights with a drone in Vi­o­tia, north of Athens. The first three drones pur­chased by Greece from an Is­raeli firm ar­rived on Au­gust 3.

“The po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship aims for the air­craft to be used for the preven­tion of fires,” the gen­eral sec­re­tary for public or­der, Dim­itris Anag­nos­takis, told Kathimerini.

The drones mea­sure 1.3 me­ters in length, are 2.4 me­ters wide and weigh 9 ki­los each, sources said. They can fly in a 50-kilo­me­ter ra­dius from their base and stay in the air for up to four hours. They are fit­ted with cam­eras that can op­er­ate in the day and night.

Greece is due to re­ceive another three, slightly larger, drones from its sup­plier by the end of the year.

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