The Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System early operational aircraft, Insitu's Integrator, is launched for the first time Jan. 22 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif. According to reports, the Marine Corps expects to receive 12 RQ-7B Shadows and 45 RQ-21A Integrators when the Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 relocates from California to Kaneohe Bay. (Insitu)
HONOLULU — The Marine Corps in Hawaii is conducting an environmental assessment in anticipation of receiving additional surveillance drones.
The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports that the Marines expect to receive 12 RQ-7B Shadows and 45 RQ-21A Integrators when the Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 relocates from California to Kaneohe Bay.
The Shadow has a 14-foot wingspan and a maximum takeoff weight of 375 pounds.
The Integrator has a 16-foot wingspan and a maximum takeoff weight of 135 pounds.
Both can fly to 15,000 feet.
About 270 people would be relocated with the surveillance drones.
A draft environmental assessment is expected in October and a final decision in 2014.
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