New aircraft used to detect poachers in South Africa

New aircraft used to detect poachers in South Africa

POSTED: Monday, December 17, 2012 - 10:00am

UPDATED: Monday, December 17, 2012 - 10:04am

South African officials are taking the war on poaching to the skies. The country has deployed a hi-tech, low-speed reconnaissance aircraft that can detect criminals before they strike.

The aircraft, named Seeker, is equipped with sophisticated heat sensors to detect poachers and a quiet engine to aid pilots and spotters as they fly at high altitudes over the game reserves. South Africa is home to nearly all the rhinos on the continent and has been at the front-line of a poaching epidemic.

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