Predator, Reaper Drones Flying to Monitor Harvey, Irma Aftermath

The Air National Guard has deployed medium-altitude drones to help airlift and search-and-rescue units find victims in disaster-stricken areas, its top general said Saturday.

The Guard is flying unarmed MQ-1 Predators and MQ-9 Reaper drones, as well as manned RC-26 mobile intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance planes, to scour areas in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey, according to Air Force Lt. Gen Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard.

And they’ll use them for Irma, too, he said.

“Taking a picture of, or a look, or a visibility of what has just happened is very, very important,” Rice told during an interview at the annual conference of the National Guard Association of the United States in Louisville, Ky.


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