Drones called up for duty

Taranaki Daily News - - National News -

New Zealand skies could be­come a lot busier as po­lice and the De­fence Force eye up ex­tend­ing their drone use for op­er­a­tions. A New Zealand De­fence Force spokesper­son said they had a joint project un­der way to ac­quire a re­motely pi­loted air­craft sys­tem, or RPAS, ca­pa­ble of be­ing launched and re­cov­ered from a ship. Min­is­ter of De­fence Ron Mark an­nounced the de­ci­sion to buy four P-8A Po­sei­don mar­itime pa­trol air­craft in July. At the time, he said the Gov­ern­ment would also con­sider op­tions for a com­ple­men­tary mar­itime surveil­lance ca­pa­bil­ity, which in­cluded RPAS, smaller manned air­craft, or satel­lites for ad­di­tional mar­itime surveil­lance tasks.

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