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Why the British Army can't keep it up...

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Andrew Flannigan, Apr 16, 2019.

  1. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    The army's requirement for a fleet of drones was handed to French company Thales. Their design is an autonomous aircraft which has so far suffered 10% losses where the only enemy is the British weather. According to the Ministry of Defence the problem is that Thales's programmers don't understand their own code: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/04/15/watchkeeper_drone_crash_wk042_moisture_blocked_pitot/

    Here's hoping our digital camera suppliers are better informed :eek:
  2. miked

    miked Well-Known Member

    Wonder just what Bertie Wooster and his chums at the Drones Club would make of this?
  3. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    They will be flying us on scheduled flights soon.....
  4. saxacat

    saxacat Well-Known Member

    in the 90s, I was one of a group of RAF personnel who visited Thales to be briefed on an upgrade to a piece of kit we used. While using the kit in a simulator, we notice a previously blank button had been labelled; when this button was selected the display went blank, deselecting the button brought the display back. We were all somewhat flummoxed by this, as it wasn't an update we were aware of or that we fully understood. When we asked what the button and labelling meant, we were told that they had been asked to provide a means of displaying only a certain type of data; we were all intrigued and excited, until one of us asked why the display went blank when the selection was made, the Thales rep told us 'no one asked for the computer to be able to process that data'.

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