Navy's 5th Fleet begins testing long-range UAV

The Navy has begun testing a prototype of its high-altitude, long-range unmanned aerial vehicle in one of the most volatile regions of the globe, reports Stars and Stripes.

The prototype, which is being tested as part of the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance system program, is deployed with the Navy’s 5th Fleet. The fleet will see how well the demonstrator performs its mission of helping fleet commanders track suspicious vessels across vast expanses of sea.

The 5th Fleet, which is responsible for patrolling the Persian Gulf, Red Sea and Arabian Sea, as well as the northern coast of East Africa, is launching the BAMS UAV on 24-hour reconnaissance missions every three days, Navy officials said.

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