Hunter-Killers to the Texas Border?
From Drudge this evening:
SEND IN THE DRONES: PREDATORS TO FLY ABOVE TEX-MEX BORDER
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Senate hearing Tuesday that unmanned aerial drones will soon fly through Texas skies!
“Big Sis” declared that over the past 15 months, federal law enforcement initiatives have made the border more secure than in any other time in history, the SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS reports in Wednesday editions.
The new “predator bees” have the capability to fly at altitudes used by commercial aircraft, and are designed to enhance intelligence capabilities of federal, state and local law enforcement.
But a recent analysis of the use of unmanned aerial vehicles found that they were twice as likely to crash as manned aircraft, according to the Congressional Research Service.
Look to the skies!
Hunter-Killer Watch – Drone lands in ND
Ok – yes, economic woes aside, we are still heading towards The Singularity and all of the interesting changes and shifts that includes.
A predator drone has been moved from Arizona to North Dakota to patrol the northern border between the U.S. and Canada.
Here are some details:
After two failed tries, an unmanned aircraft expected to be the first to patrol the northern U.S. border completed a flight from Arizona to North Dakota.
U.S Customs and Border Protection officials said the Predator B drone touched down Saturday at the Grand Forks Air Force Base after a six-hour flight from Libby Army Airfield in Sierra Vista, Ariz.
Is it me, but isn’t a little unnerving to think about unmanned aircraft flying across our skies? I wonder how many of these flights that we don’t know about.
More details on the Predator:
The Predator weighs 5 tons, has a 66-foot wingspan and can fly undetected as high as 50,000 feet. It can fly for 28 hours at a time and will be equipped with sensors and radar.
They can also be equipped with Hellfire missiles and other nasties for offensive work.