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Military drone crashes in North Dakota: $130M price tag


We’ve all been there – or at least those of us who fly drones. Maybe you catch a tree, a component fails, or you just plain make a mistake. But the odds are you’ve crashed your drone, especially if you’re flying FPV. But take comfort in the fact that even if you’re facing a costly repair, it’s not the $130 million price tag for a recent military drone crash in North Dakota.

We knew military drones were very pricey. But just how pricey? That we didn’t know until we happened upon a story in the Grand Forks Herald. Seems an RQ-4 Global Hawk drone went down on August 6, slamming into a farmer’s field and leaving a 300-yard debris field. That’s the length of three football fields.

And the cost? Well, pretty mind-blowing.

That was one expensive drone

The base model of the military drone that went down costs – gulp – $99 million. That’s some serious coin, and that’s just for the base model. But this particular iteration of the RQ-4…

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Source: dronedj.com