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Long-Term Pentagon Plans Anticipates Larger UAV Fleet

April 13 2012


The Dept. of Defense expects to make a significant increase in its armed and long-range surveillance unmanned aircraft over the next decade, reports Bloomberg News.

A Pentagon report on its aviation plans says the inventory of such aircraft should expand from about 445 in fiscal 2013 to 645 in fiscal 2022, including variants of the RQ-4 Global Hawk, MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1 Predator.

The Army says it wants to buy 164 Gray Eagle drones from 2013 to 2022 to provide direct support...

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