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Photo gallery: The drones the Army tests in Utah

By nate carlisle

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Jun 22 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Jun 22 2014 10:33 am

• MQ-1C Gray Eagle

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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

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• 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.

Contractor: AeroVironment

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

Source: www.bga-aeroweb.com

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