Coast Guard Mulls Basing Options For UAVs

The Coast Guard has a requirement for maritime surveillance, according to Capt. Matt Sisson, Coast Guard aviation acquisition chief. Within the requirement, “a shore-based or shipboard unmanned aerial system may provide that kind of economical surveillance for us,” he told Aerospace DAILY. 

Sisson said the Coast Guard is in a “pre-acquisition” phase with UAVs. “We’re looking at everything,” he said. “We’ll build on the work we’ve already done and we’ll find the right mix.”The last Predator B flight in a test series being run at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., will occur on Friday with a report of the results to be generated soon thereafter.

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