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Lockheed M-21 Blackbird and D-21 Drone (illustrative)

The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology announced Friday it has launched a strategic drone program and aircraft in Saudi Arabia.

The new Saqr-1 unmanned aerial vehicle is a medium altitude long endurance drone, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

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The drone features a KA-band satellite communications system, has a range of more than 2,500 kilometers and has an endurance of more than 24 hours. It flies at an altitude of 20,000 feet.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.