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Navy Investigates Cause Of $175 Million Drone Crash (Video)

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The Navy is investigating what caused a drone that was estimated to cost $175 million to crash during a test flight yesterday in Maryland, according to the Pentagon Channel.

As Home Post reported yesterday, the Navy was conducting a test flight of a Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator (BAMS-D) drone when it crashed near Bloodworth Island in Dorchester County, Maryland.

Todd Harrison, a senior defense budget analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, told U.S. News & World Report it could cost the Navy a pretty penny to replace the drone:

"The total acquisition cost of the planes is projected to average roughly $175 million each. To put it in perspective, that's about the cost of a brand new Boeing 787 [airliner]."

While Harrison calls the crashed drone a setback for the Navy, he says there may be a no-cost way to replace its lost UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle):

"The Navy may be able to get a new air frame from the Air Force at no charge—if the Air Force gets its way in its [2013] budget request, they will be retiring more than a dozen relatively new Global Hawks."

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Peking_Duck_SD | June 12, 2012 at 4:19 p.m. ― 2 years, 4 months ago

Eh, it's only money dears, just build a new one.

Afterall, according To San Diego's Republican Bosses like stunningly dopey Rep. Hunter think the military has no limits.

Cut benefits for all gov employees, *except* the military, Hunter says.

This includes free housing and socialized medicine for all military members, including those who have never seen combat and have sat stateside at a desk their whole career.

I guess Americans think basic healthcare is not a basic human right for all, but being involved in perpetual wars that cost us trillions is.

It's the sacred spending cow for people on the take from big defense lobbies, and Mr. Hunter is numero uno in line to steal your taxes and funnel them into the *NEXT* front - Iran.

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