Andover Armed Forces Day has announced the appearance of one of the British Army’s ‘spies in the skies’.
A Watchkeeper drone will be keeping the Apache helicopter company at Vigo Park for the free event at the end of June.
The surveillance drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and is equipped with sophisticated cameras and radar to give troops on the ground vital intelligence and reconnaissance.
It beams a constant stream of video footage and radar pictures back to a ground station where the intelligence is scrutinised by analysts, enhancing commanders’ battlefield awareness.
In 2014, the MoD revealed that “an undisclosed” number of Watchkeepers were fully operational in Afghanistan. The aircraft were stationed at Camp Bastion to provide force protection for British troops.
The drone is one of a growing armoury of military vehicles, weapons and displays for the event on Sunday 25th June. An Apache helicopter will be the showpiece for the event and is due to cause a stir as it lands in the park at 4pm on Saturday 24th June.
Andover Radio is hosting the event which will also include a funfair, falconry displays, a fully licensed bar, boxing ring and live music from Alex Krupa and The Mighty Hump.