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Why does OAM need UAVs/UAS?

UAVs/UAS are capable of flying longer hours continuously, can fly farther, and because they are unmanned, are not limited by pilot fatigue. The Predator B and the maritime variant Guardian, allow CBP to conduct missions in areas that are difficult to access or otherwise considered too high-risk for manned aircraft or personnel on the ground.

  • Altitude: Up to 50,000 feet 
  • Endurance: Up to 20 operational hours
  • Airspeed: Over 220 knots (253.141 MPH)
  • External Payload: 3,000 lbs (1,361 kg)