The US Army has lost contact with one of its Shadow drones last Tuesday in Arizona. The 450 pound drone has a wingspan of 20 feet and can fly for eight to nine hours without refueling. The Army’s 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state reported losing contact with the drone during a training flight conducted at Fort Huachuca in Arizona.

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Despite considerable efforts to locate the missing Shadow, it has not been found and is thought to have disintegrated upon impact somewhere in the local area,” the Army said in a statement.

The Shadow is a rapidly deployable, short-range airborne reconnaissance system, according to the Army.

Anyone with information on the missing Shadow is asked to call the Fort Huachuca installation operations center at (520) 533-2291 or the military police desk (520) 533-3000. – Army Times

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Sgts. Jeremy R. Squires, Ronald F. Williams and Anh M. Huynh, of the 173rd Airborne Combat Team, attend to a Shadow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Oct. 18 at Forward Operating Base Fenty on Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan. Photo by Spc. Gregory J. Argentieri [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Army suspects the drone crashed.

Featured image Spc. Jeremy Squirres of Company A, 101st Military Intelligence Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, prepares a Shadow 200 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for launch at Forward Operating Base Warhorse, Iraq by By MarsRover [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

 

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