Canada's new $14.1 million fixed-wing drones are runway free
from CBC News
The Department of National Defence has purchased five new unmanned aircraft designed to take off, surveil an airspace and land without needing a runway. It's an easy task for a helicopter, but tougher for a fixed-wing plane. For overhead surveillance, fixed-wing planes can usually fly higher, farther and remain airborne longer than their helicopter cousins. But most planes need long, straight, flat spaces for both takeoff and landing, and runways are not always located where military officials need them. In the ocean, for example.
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