US to supply Costa Rica anti-drug drones

The US State Department is dispatching a fleet of drones to Costa Rica as part of a program it hopes will allow local authorities to crack down on international drug trafficking in the country.

Small Skydio drone fleet to help Costa Rican police battle drug trafficking could grow to over 40

The State Department says it plans on supplying Skydio drones and training to police forces in Costa Rica as part of their ongoing effort to battle drug trafficking in and out of the nation. The project calls for an initial fleet of eight small uncrewed aerial systems (sUAS) to be delivered to Costa Rican police, whose members will be schooled in piloting and use of the craft in surveillance missions. If the initial set of craft prove useful in fighting theĀ illegal drug trade, the US may increase the size of the fleet to 40 drones or more.

The drone operation is being supported and overseen by the USĀ Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL),…