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U.S. Sending UAVs to Pakistan

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday that 12 RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial vehicles will be sent to Pakistan as part of a $1 billion boost to Pakistan’s military capabilities.

An RQ-7 Shadow 200 readied for launch in Iraq. (Defense Dept. photo by SPC James B. Smith Jr.)
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday that 12 RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial vehicles will be sent to Pakistan as part of a $1 billion boost to Pakistan’s military capabilities.

Gates announced the deal Friday in Islamabad.

It was not immediately clear if the aircraft would be sued exclusively near the border with the Afghanistan, or for other national needs such as policing the border with India.

The Shadow is about 11 feet long with a 14-foot wingspan, a range of about 70 miles (110 km) and a six-hour flying capacity.

It’s made by AAI Corp., headquartered in Hunt Valley, Md. The Pentagon Channel has more here:

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