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Air Force Requests $5.7B for 144 More Predators

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The USAF announced plans to spend $5.7 billion over the next five years to buy roughly 144 of GA Aeronautical Systems' Predator UAVs - enough to add 12 squadrons of 12 robotic aircraft plus 36 support packages including ground control station, satellite terminals and other equipment. The Predator was recently upgraded from U.S. Air Force has accepted 114 Predators as of last month, and lost 26 Predators in combat since 2002. This brings overall losses of the unmanned aircraft from al causes to 46. "This increase," the Air Force said, "is in response to the escalating demand for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability in the war on terrorism." The aircraft would be designated for use in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and other combat areas.

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