• MQ-1C Gray Eagle
This is the aircraft people think of when they think of U.S. military drones. It was formerly called "Warrior" and is similar to the Air Force’s Reaper. It can carry missiles or bombs, conduct surveillance and reconnaissance and serve as a communications relay. Gray Eagle can also fly in tandem with Apache helicopters, locating the targets for the helicopter to attack.
Contractor: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.
Per unit cost: $5.3 million
Dimensions: 28 feet long, 56 foot wingspan
Maximum Altitude: 29,000 feet
Maximum airspeed: 192 mph
Maximum flight time: 25 hours
Source: Tribune reporting, www.bga-aeroweb.com
• RQ-11B Raven
Solider launch this vehicle by — literally — throwing it into the air like a quarterback hurling a football. Then the Raven propels itself. It provides video in real-time to provide for surveillance or reconnaissance. Range is limited to about 7½ miles.
Per unit cost: $300,000
Dimensions: 3 feet long, 4.5 foot wingspan
Maximum Altitude: 500 feet
Maximum airspeed: 30 to 60 mph
Maximum flight time: 90 minutes
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