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Army to build drone base in Texas

Army to build drone airport in Texas

The Army’s Corps of Engineers has awarded a $33 million contract to SGS to build an airport for the Gray Eagle and Shadow UAVs at Fort Bliss in Texas.

The Gray Eagle, the Army’s largest unmanned aerial vehicle, is a long-range, medium altitude system used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, attack, air support, IED detection and destruction, and as a communications hub.

The catapult-launched Shadow is used for ISR, targeting and assessment. It’s just over 11 feet in length, and can fly for up to six hours at altitudes of up to 15,000 feet.

The complex will include a 50,000-square-foot unmanned aircraft maintenance hangar and more than a mile of runways, aprons, and taxiways, according to an announcement from the company.

The airport will be fenced and secured, and the Army said all operations will take place in restricted airspace.

A longer version of this article originally appeared on Defense Systems, a sister site to GCN.

Posted by Kevin McCaney on Dec 12, 2014 at 11:45 AM


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