Unmanned drones plan in immigrants crackdown

MID SUSSEX TIMES, 27 Nov 2009: Unmanned military-style drones could be used by Kent and Essex police to help combat illegal immigration and drug smugglers along Britain’s coastlines, it has been disclosed.

The pilotless aircraft, known as Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UAS), have been used by British troops in Afghanistan to pinpoint dangers and monitor enemy actions.

But a customised version could be used by UK police by 2012 to boost maritime surveillance and border controls under a partnership led by the Kent and Essex forces and BAE Systems.

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