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Unmanned fliers to boost aerospace firms.

A MAJOR flying demonstration of unmanned aerial vehicles due to take place in West Wales next month could have significant spin-off for companies in North Wales.

Up to five different UAVs will fly at the ParcAberporth Unmanned Systems 2005 event on September 7, making it the largest demonstration of its kind undertaken in the UK. ParcAberporth in west Wales is being developed as a centre of excellence for the development of unmanned systems.

Firms in the aerospace and IT sectors in North Wales could possibly be involved in the future development of the technology.

The UAV market is a high growth area within the aerospace industry, with emerging civil applications - such as police and fire service surveillance, agricultural and geographical survey, power and pipeline inspections - poised for major growth. It is that expanding niche market that Wales is targeting.

A total of pounds 17m, funded by the Assembly, WDA and EU Objective 1 programme, has been committed to the development of ParcAberporth which is the only purpose-built centre dedicated to UAV development in the UK.

The first phase of the development includes office space, industrial units and research and development facilities
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Aug 31, 2005
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