Unmanned drones may be used in police surveillance in UK

The Guardian reports that the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency put out a tender this summer for airborne platforms that could be used to gather intelligence. Serious Organised Crime Agency put out a tender this summer for airborne platforms that could be used to gather intelligence. The tender seeks information on “a fully serviced, airborne, surveillance-ready platform for covert observation”. Drones, or planes, should be available for deployment within two hours of orders for “urgent taskings”. Missions lasting up to five hours and night-flying are anticipated. “Low noise signature and unobtrusive profile” as well as a “discreet while accessible operating base” are said to be desirable features of any future aerial security system.

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