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DHS’ Sea Scanning Radar-Equipped MQ-9

by John Reed on June 21, 2011

I was wandering around the U.S. aircraft corral at the Paris Air Show today when I noticed this MQ-9 ‘Guardian’ in Department of Homeland Security colors equipped with a crazy looking Raytheon SeaVue multimode maritime search radar pod attached to the bottom. Here’s U.S. Coast Guard Captain James Sommers explaining the aircraft’s mission.

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Stephen N Russell June 21, 2011 at 8:13 pm

spot drug subs, other subs near US, pickup boats for drugs?? pirates?

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Veteran June 22, 2011 at 4:03 am

This is only one aspect of the counter drug fight…..let's put equal amounts of tax dollars in drug prevention within the US. With all the new toys we have, what is the payoff??

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NLBaldwinjr June 22, 2011 at 11:11 am

I agree with you that we should invest in drug rehab but we have to limit the supply people can buy otherwise you will continue to have to many newbies trying it because its so available.

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retired462 June 22, 2011 at 6:10 am

Never mind showing it off – - – - PUT IT TO USE, NOW !!!!!

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NLBaldwinjr June 22, 2011 at 11:08 am

If you watched the video Retired462 you would know they already are an plan to add more of these birds to the inventory. Unless you were being playfully sarcastic.

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AC Webb June 22, 2011 at 12:19 pm

On display in Paris! Give me a break. This was a business trip. The US has the greatest lineup of hi-tech toys…. "drones" in history. And, with world economies on the brink of insolvency, reducing military costs while maintaining security is only a few "drones away. The hi-tech "drone" industry and other associated military/industrial high tech toys may grow to rival the dot.com economic growth engine. Border security
"drone" in Paris my ass. Paris was about $$$$$$.

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shawn1999 June 23, 2011 at 11:40 am

Make it legal to import the drugs, but leave it still illegal to sell/distribute/possess

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