Military Drones Present And Future: Visual TourThe Pentagon's growing fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles ranges from hand-launched machines to the Air Force's experimental X-37B space plane.
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The Navy awarded Boeing several multimillion-dollar contracts in 2005 to supply the ScanEagle for use in the Persian Gulf. The Marines used the drones in Iraq to compile real-time images of the battlefield. They can be used individually or in groups to "loiter" over trouble spots and provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Equipped with an infrared camera, the ScanEagle is capable of flying at an elevation of 16,000 feet.
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