Fighting illegal immigration and terrorism: New surveillance drone targets EU buyers

So far, 1,400 migrants have died off Libya’s coast since the beginning of this year, according to the UN’s International Organization for Migration. Last year, 3,116 people were killed.

Yet one Israeli military technology manufacturer believes they have found a solution which could help governments tackle illegal immigration and rescue migrants from capsized vessels at sea.

Elbit Systems, which counts NATO among its customers, has developed a 1.6-tonne drone that can fly where others can’t.

The StarLiner, also known as the Hermes 900 HFE, has been designed to adhere to European regulations so it can roam in airspace reserved for civilian aircraft, such as around airports and over densely populated cities at altitudes of 10,000 to 30,000 feet (3,000 to 9,000 metres).

The drone, which is about the size of a single-seater aircraft with a 17-metre wingspan, is capable of collecting detailed imagery of the ground below it in real-time which could be transmitted

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