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USCG Predator B deal likely but will be slow to develop

7th April 2009 - 08:00 GMT | by in Canberra


The US Coast Guard has confirmed it has not allocated funds for acquisition of an endurance unmanned air system in the coming US financial year but is continuing to explore a possible buy of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Predator B.

The service is also reiterating its desire to be a partner rather than a leader in the development of UAS operations in the US national airspace, with that approach being applied to both its endurance and vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) air vehicle requirements.

USCG assistant commandant for acquisition RADM Gary Blore says that the recently established joint UAs

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