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US Army building airport at Fort Bliss just for drones

The Army will build a custom airport on Fort Bliss just for drones
By: Michael Hatamoto | Drones News | Posted: Dec 14, 2014 4:26 pm

The US Army is building a custom airport for its Gray Eagle and Shadow drones at Fort Bliss, located in Texas. The location will include a 50,000 square-foot hangar, 1,000-ft. runway for Shadow aircraft, and a 5,000-ft. runway for Gray Eagle drones. The Army Corps of Engineers issued a $33-million-dollar contract to a private contractor, which will also build a maintenance facility and a hazardous waste disposal facility.

 

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In addition to surveillance and reconnaissance missions, the Gray Eagle can carry up to four hellfire missiles while traveling faster and at higher altitude than the Predator. However, it has a window of just 25-hours of flight time, 15 hours shorter than the Predator.

 

The Army hopes to use its custom facility to research and better understand how to improve its drones.

NEWS SOURCES:Defensesystems.com, Dsjournal.com

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