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Robotic Spy Planes over Afganistan

Posted 6 Oct 2001 at 13:53 UTC by The Swirling Brain Share This

This article on CNN talks about robotic U.S. spy planes flying over Afganistan. From the picture, I couldn't tell for sure if it was a Predator or Global Hawk. Thi s link on USA Today gives a nice overview of the two UAVs. I think Global Hawks are still in testing so it's probably a Predator if it's one of ours. They've shot three or so anti-air missles and haven't shot it down yet. The Predators cost about 1/4th of $25 million (they come in a package deal of 4 planes and a control center) which my guess would price them around $5 million each. There's been a few Predator UAVs that have been shot down or crashed in the middle east. I think the count is two down over Iraq and one down over Afganistan so far. Robots.net has reported before about these UAVs here and here and here and here and probably others.

gone but not forgotten, posted 10 Oct 2001 at 23:32 UTC by The Swirling Brain » (Master)

It looks like another predator shot down over Iraq.

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