Watchkeeper surveillance drones had been commissioned in 2005. By now they had only six days of active duty after a decade in development, The Guardian revealed.
This British army drone supposed to be developed as an affordable solution and is now four years late. An investigation discovered that by the time it is fully operational the costs have risen to £1.2billion.
The order was for 54 drones to be designed and build. The announcement of the Watchkeeper surveillance drones was made in 2005 by the then defence John Reid who said they would be “key to battlefields survey in the near future”. He signed a contract of £800million with the consortium led by the French defence firm Thales.
Why again a French company. British engineers would have been more than capable of designing and building it. Plus it would have given jobs.
The first Watchkeeper surveillance drone was expected to enter service from 2010 and being fully operational by 2013
The reason for the delay was given as software glitches and army staff shortages and it is now planned for 2017 the earliest. It does not sound very definite.
The investigation by the non-profit Bureau of Investigative Journalism and The Guardian show a muddle costing the organisation had given.
At the end of the day, it is the taxpayer who has to foot the bill at a time where they are so hard-up they rely on food banks to survive. The Ministry of Defence also does not care about the starving one million families in a country to be the six richest in the world.
Reports were hitting the headline that the MoD wastes million and billion of pounds by either making mistakes in ordering or ordering the wrong goods. The Prime Minister Dave Cameron or Chancellor George Osborne do not seem to control this and other department were huge sums of money are being wasted. How about putting there austerity?