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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.


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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.