Nothrup Grumman, a defense contractor, has entered into an agreement with an Abhu Dhabi company to develop unmanned aerial vehicles, it was announced recently. One of the projects will develop an unmanned helicopter gunship, amongst other types of vehicles. For the Gulf countries these vehicles make a lot of sense in terms of anti-submarine, anti-mine, border patrol, chemical detection and climate changes. It is expected the business should grow to some $8.7B per year. It is interesting to note that the U.S. Army developed the first unmanned aerial vehicle concept in 1918 to travel across enemy lines in World War I. But in the 1990s these vehicles became more useful as unblinking eyes-in-the-sky over Iraq and Afghanistan. The unmanned helicopter is known as Fire Scout, and will begin evaluation by the Navy with entry into service by the end of the year.
Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7
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P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement. S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.