Thursday, February 17, 2011
US$ 4,8 Billion for Unmanned Aerial Systems
up from the current $1.7 billion. But smaller UAS, such as the Army’s 3-foot, hand-launched Raven, are being cut from $1.2 billion in the last funding bill down to $600 million.
84 Predator Class (MQ-1/9): operates over-the-horizon at medium altitude for long endurance. The MQ-1 (Predator for USAF and SOCOM, Gray Eagle for Army) has a primary mission of reconnaissance against perishable targets. The MQ-9 Reaper (USAF and SOCOM) has a hunter-killer primary mission.
1308 smaller UAS: less-expensive low altitude systems – including some available to frontline commanders at battalion level or lower.