Customs and Border Protection will test three small, hand-launched unmanned aircraft across selected sectors along the country’s southern and northern borders. Starting in September and continuing into early 2018, agents from the Border Patrol will see if the diminutive aircraft are worth a larger investment and wider deployment.
Border Patrol agents will test three types of small drones in operational sectors in Tucson, Ariz., the Rio Grande Valley in Texas and in the Swanton sector in Vermont. CBP will evaluate the systems’ capabilities for reconnaissance, intelligence, surveillance, tracking and acquisition in areas considered too high-risk for manned aircraft or ground personnel.
GCN.com | Sept. 18, 2017