the budget allocation for drones increased from $1.7 billion in 2006 to $4.2 billion in 2010
British forces have three Reaper drones in use in Afghanistan and since July 2007 the government has been renting three Hermes 450 surveillance drones from Elbit Systems of Israel on a "pay by the hour" contract.
Can't help but noticing the "celebratory" tone of this NYT article.. The reporter seems to be getting an orgasm from this Drone..
Air Force officials acknowledge that more than a third of their unmanned Predator spy planes — which are 27 feet long, powered by a high-performance snowmobile engine, and cost $4.5 million apiece — have crashed, mostly in Iraq and Afghanistan
Hossam el-Hamalawy on Mar 17, 09
Incompetent and expensive. $4.5 million apiece ya wlad el-a7ba?!! This money could have fed and housed so many poor people I saw I West Oakland
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