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U.S. Army orders CyPhy Works tethered drone

Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications System will provide eye-in-the-sky capability.

By Geoff Ziezulewicz

DANVERS, Mass., July 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army's Rapid Equipping Force has ordered CyPhy Works' Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications, or PARC, drone system, the company announced Monday.

PARC is a tethered drone that provides a continuous eye-in-the-sky capability by flying for days at a time, CyPhy said in a statement.

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While the Army is no stranger to drones, much of the current fleet's flight time is limited, ChPhy said.

PARC is a portable, tethered drone that can perform long-endurance flights, with the tether providing power while also allowing communications and video to flow via the Kevlar-strengthened microfilament tether.

The system can be used for force protection or intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, the company said.

PARC can also be commercially applied for facility and even security, communications equipment deployment and overhead inspection.

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