In Europe And Canada, Plans Are Underway

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Last week in Paris, a conference on UAVs worked to hash out plans for integrating the vehicles into civilian airspace by 2008. Four demonstration projects are currently being planned, focusing on affordability, propulsion, logistics and an integrated system demonstration, Flight International reported Tuesday. Meanwhile, Canada's Department of National Defence is working to award a contract by the middle of next year for five systems of between six and 10 UAVs each to be in service by 2008. The systems would comprise four offshore operations: one each located on Canada's Atlantic and Pacific coasts, one in the north and one for training purposes, Flight International reported.