British naval chiefs have been still left pink faced just after an amateur enthusiast landed a $500 drone on the fleet’s prized $5 billion warship.
HMS Queen Elizabeth – the Royal Navy’s new 70,000 tonne hi-tech aircraft provider – was moored at a dock in Scotland previous thirty day period when the drone pilot flew his very small aircraft earlier armed patrol boats and onto the flight deck, studies the Day by day Telegraph.
The pilot, a member of a drone flying club who needed some footage of the gleaming new warship, has not been named but explained to Scottish media previous 7 days that he was shocked how easy the landing experienced been.
“I was shocked that I was able to land on the aircraft provider for two motives, the very first currently being that there was no a single about to avert it from landing, whilst have been security police all over in smaller boats who have been waving at the drone,” he claimed.
“The second purpose was additional specialized. I gained a substantial wind warning as I was videoing up and down the flight deck and my management procedure suggested me to land.”
Movie from the drone confirmed the 280-metre extended vessel absolutely deserted of its crew.
And when he attempted to tell its crew about the startling security breach the pilot claimed he discovered a “ghost ship”.
“There was completely no a single all over when I landed,” he ongoing.
The pilot claimed he contacted security staff at the port in Invergordon and was explained to his problems would be “handed up the chain of command”.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence explained to the BBC: ‘We get the security of HMS Queen Elizabeth incredibly significantly”.
“This incident has been noted to Police Scotland, an investigation is below way and we stepped up our security actions in light of it.”
Former Royal Navy chief Lord West claimed the incident was stressing mainly because terrorist groups are applying drones to launch bombs.
He explained to The Day by day Mail: “Daesh [Islamic Condition] are presently applying drones to deliver bombs in Syria, so I believe it is a thing we require to get incredibly significantly.”
The Royal Navy’s flagship vessel is owing to be commissioned by the Queen later this 12 months.
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