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British drone test flown in Australia

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The first vision of a state-of-the-art drone touted as the future of British warfare has been released, showing it soaring over what is thought to be Woomera in remote South Australia.

The vision shows the Taranis, named after the Celtic god of thunder, making a take-off and conducting a number of manoeuvres over red desert during its first test flight.

The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) will not confirm where the footage was shot, but revealed in a submission to a UK parliamentary hearing last year that the Taranis Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator had conducted initial test flights - shortly after ABC sources confirmed that the prototype had been shipped to the Woomera test range.

The MoD is hailing the test flight, which it now confirms occurred in August last year, as an overwhelming success.




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