UK’s MoD procures Elbit Magni-X drones for troop recon missions
The UK is continuing its drive to broaden the use of drones of all sizes and purposes by its armed forces, most recently with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) contracting Israeli UAV manufacturer Elbit Systems to supply its portable Magni-X reconnaissance craft.
The MoD has hired Elbit to provide the two-kilo, backpackable Magni-X drones to the Future Capability group, a division of the UK military’s Defence Equipment and Support organization dedicated to identifying cutting-edge technologies for procurement and use by the armed forces. The craft can be manually piloted or used on autonomous missions – either individually or in swarms – and has been designed for quiet, low profile, radar-confounding reconnaissance and intelligence gathering objectives.
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The Elbit deal has come amid considerably accelerated activity by the MoD and divisions of the UK military to increase the use…