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February 02, 2008

Military Remains Enthusiastic About UAVs

Soldiers Say Unmanned Shadows 'Transforming' Battlefield

They are known as the "commander's eyes on the battlefield." Coalition forces have used them to find roadside bombs, track the enemy's movement, clear convoy routes and locate key targets -- all without having to leave the relative safety of their bases.

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Gripen Fleet Surpasses 100,000 Flight Hours Mark

Occurs During January 28 SAAF Test Flight

With Saab test pilot Mats Thorbiornson and South African Air Force (SAAF) Colonel Mike Edwards at the controls, South Africa's second Gripen fighter (SA02) made history when, during a scheduled flight test sortie this week, it passed the cumulative 100,000 flying hour mark for the entire Gripen fleet of new generation fighters.

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