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Mitsubishi Heavy prepares controller for drones 1,000 km away

Fighter jet technology promises to direct flights of dozens of drones at a time

Mitsubishi Heavy is aiming to generate $95.7 million in sales by adapting defense technologies for private sector uses like controlling unmanned aerial vehicles. (Source photo by Reuters)

TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is borrowing from its fighter jet technology to roll out a system that promises to control dozens of commercial drones from as far as 1,000 km away, a crucial advancement from today's standard that allows for a single drone to be controlled if it is within a few kilometers.

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