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Cost of operating UAVs for border patrol

Border UAVS May Not Be All They’re Cracked Up To Be: Are UAVs cheaper than manned aircraft?

Not necessarily, according to Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Richard Skinner. According to his written testimony, one UAV requires a crew of up to 20 support personnel. In fact, the operating cost is more than double that of a manned aircraft.


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