US buys most expensive drones ever
August 4, 2011
With $14 trillion in the hole and
a slew of wars seemingly no one wants America to be in, what better way for the United States to spend their money by putting
$23 billion into spy planes?
The US will drop billions on defense spending with the purchasing of 55 Global Hawk drone
planes over the next few years. Each of the four dozen-plus spy crafts comes at a price tag of $218 million apiece —
ten times the price of the largest armed attack drone.
Global Hawk drones are capable of flying twice as high as commercial
aircraft and can spot insurgents up to 100 miles away. Once identified, the robotic crafts that are controlled from 24-hour
command stations can then send images to intelligence centers or directly to troops.
The Global Hawk drones will replace
the U-2 spy planes that the States currently deploys, which the US has relied on since the dawn of the Cold War. Sending unmanned
aircrafts into warzones, while grossly expensive, comes as an attempt to limit fatalities by avoiding putting extra troops
into danger. Though relying on on-board navigation, those U-2 flyers have proved effective over the last half-century, recently
assisting in operations in Afghanistan
A team of 50 engineers will slave over the construction of the Global Hawk drones
in a Palmdale, California warehouse.
The US Air Force will invest $12 billion towards the initiative, with the Navy
offering almost as much to have their own versions of the Global Hawks.
And, in case you didn’t hear, lawmakers
just spent months trying to figure out how to keep the country from defaulting. The town of Central Falls, Rhode Island (the
entire town) is currently in bankruptcy court, and the most populous county in Alabama is expected to join them in the coming