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Photo gallery: The drones the Army tests in Utah

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• RQ-7 Shadow

The Shadow has become the workhorse of the Army’s weaponless drones, logging more than 1 million flight hours, most of which came in Iraq and Afghanistan. A catapult launches it. To land, the Shadow slows and flies into an erect net. Like the Gray Eagle, it can fly in tandem with Apache helicopters to identify targets.

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Contractor: AAI Corp.

Per unit cost: $750,000

Dimensions: 11.6 feet long, 12.8 foot wingspan

Maximum Altitude: 500 feet

Maximum airspeed: 129 mph

Maximum flight time: 5 hours

Source: www.bga-aeroweb.com

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• MQ-5B Hunter

The Hunter is the oldest unmanned aircraft in the fleet — in service since 1996. Besides offering reconnaissance, many Hunters are equipped with lasers to guide bombs or missiles fired by other aircraft or weapons systems. The Hunter made news in March when Russian media reported one had been captured in Crimea. The Pentagon denied any Hunter aircraft were downed.

Contractor: Northrop Grumman

Per unit cost: $750,000

Dimensions: 23 feet long, 34.2 foot wingspan

Maximum Altitude: 22,000 feet

Maximum airspeed: 126 mph

Maximum flight time: 15 hours

Source: www.theuav.com, www.flightglobal.com, www.army-technology.com


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