01 September 2006

UAV Prices

Most unmanned aerial vehicles in the military are used for reconnaisance. Armed Predator drones are the exception that proves the rule, at this point, and even they spend most of their time observing rather than shooting their missiles.

How much do UAVs cost?

Global Hawk (theater reconnaisance, 24 hour plus endurance, passenger glider sized): $130 million

Predator (battlefield reconnaisance, 24 hour+ endurance):$20 million

(Hellfire missiles cost about $100,000 each and a Predator UAV can carry two).

Raven (over the hill company/battalion class surveilance, short air time): $20,000

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