NZ military develops spy drones…

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The agency, which employs 80 civilian scientists at Devonport Naval Base in Auckland, is helping New Zealand become a significant player in the global military hardware market. Photo / Brett Phibbs
The agency, which employs 80 civilian scientists at Devonport Naval Base in Auckland, is helping New Zealand become a significant player in the global military hardware market. Photo / Brett Phibbs

High-tech spy drones and sophisticated seabed mines are being developed in New Zealand and sold to global military superpowers.

The cutting-edge systems are being developed by Defence Technology Agency (DTA) – the science and technology arm of the Defence Force.

The agency, which employs 80 civilian scientists, engineers, technicians and support staff at Devonport Naval Base in Auckland, is helping New Zealand become a small but significant player in the global military hardware market.

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