Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Drone use up in 30-year plan

Bloomberg reports that the military will increase its fleet of unmanned aerial aircraft at least 45 percent over the next 10 years. That information is in the Pentagon's 30-year aviation report. The inventory of pilotless aircraft will grow from 445 in fiscal year 2013 to 645 in fiscal year 2022. Bloomberg said the Defense Department plans to spend $770 billion on aviation assets from 2013 to 2022, a figure that includes drones and all other aviation assets. (Source: Bloomberg, 04/10/12) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scout and Global Hawk unmanned aircraft are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.