Spy plane to patrol Canadian border

The U.S. is going to start monitoring the U.S.-Canadian border with an unmanned plane, just like the drones they’ve been employing to keep a watchful eye on the U.S.-Mexican border for the last 5 years.

The Predator B surveillance craft hovers up to 50,000-feet in the air for up to 18 hours at a time. It captures video and infrared data for anything within a 25-mile radius. That’s some pretty broad coverage – drug and cigarette smugglers beware!

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The Predator will seek its prey along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway, an area that has traditionally seen high drug and cig traffic. The aircraft’s remote controllers will be based at the U.S. Army’s Fort Drum in New York.

The first unmanned surveillance aircraft used on the northern border was launched in February, from the Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota.

pics courtesy of wired.com and darkgovernment.com


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