Unmanned Aircraft Patrols Begin on Northern Border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Unmanned Aircraft Operations Center of North Dakota officially opened February 16. The center, which is housed at Grand Forks Air Force Base, is equipped with one General Atomics Aeronautical Systems' MQ-9 Predator B, and once fully staffed will employ close to 50 federal employees and contractors. According to CBP, the Predator B UAV is capable of flying at speeds of up to 260 MPH for more than 18 hours at altitudes up to 50,000 feet. The aircraft is equipped with the state-of-the-art Raytheon electro-optical sensors, and Synthetic Aperture Radar.

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By Planet Data

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