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Border UAVs to fly in June

Officials at the Border Patrol, part of the Homeland Security Department’s Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, will start using two leased unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on the Arizona/Mexico border next month, an agency official said. The vehicles will be the first UAVs used outside of the military and in operational missions within the country by DHS. They will support the department’s Arizona Border Control Initiative announced in March to combat illegal immigration, drug trafficking and terrorist activity in the Border Patrol’s Tucson, Ariz., sector, said a top agency official. “Securing the nation’s border is the primary mission of Customs and Border Protection,” said Michael Wimberly, chief of the Border Patrol’s Air and Marine division in El Paso, Texas. “Commissioner Robert Bonner believes in this technology.” Full Story

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