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US Budget: Spending decline on major UAS ends

4th February 2015 - 13:30 GMT | by Daniel Tye in London

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The FY 2016 budget request shows that the decline in spending on major unmanned aerial systems may have come to a halt.

The proposed budget shows reasonable increases for Global Hawk, MQ-9, MQ-1 and RQ-21A Blackjack with Northrop Grumman (Global Hawk increase and MQ-8C inclusion) and General Atomics (MQ-1 and MQ-9) doing well.

An additional five Reapers are being added to the US Air Force’s current stable of 24 in 2016 pushing the acquisition cost for 29 of them to $800 million.

The US Army has requested funding to operate 16 Gray Eagles while the US Navy will deploy

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Daniel Tye

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Daniel Tye is a former editor of Unmanned Vehicles and International Maritime & Port Security …

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