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Thales launches Fulmar X drone

New drone debuted at Farnborough International Air Show.

By Geoff Ziezulewicz

FARNBOROUGH, England, July 14 (UPI) -- Thales debuted its new Fulmar X drone this week at the Farnborough International Air Show in England, the company announced.

The new drone can be used for civil and military applications, Thales said in a statement.

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Fulmar X can be configured to meet the needs of different customers, featuring endurance and aerial intelligence in a small, flexible platform with low running costs, the company said.

The drone can be deployed as a standalone system or can be integrated into wider surveillance systems.

It has an endurance of more than eight hours and an operating range of more than 48 miles.

Fulmar X is built entirely from carbon fiber composite and features a 3-meter wingspan.

It is launched by catapult and recovered automatically with a net that can be operated in confined areas like a ship or vehicle.

The recovery system is also available in configurations that don't require a dedicated infrastructure, Thales said.

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