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$1.5 Million Drone Missing From Arizona Military Base

February 03, 2017

A $1.5 million dollar unmanned aircraft has gone missing from Fort Huachuca Army Base, AZ. Officials from Fort Huachuca say the drone went missing on Tuesday after losing connection with the ground station.

The missing aircraft, which is known as a Shadow RQ-7Bv2, was part of a training mission at Fort Huachuca being conducted by the 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion from Washington state. Efforts to find the missing drone have been unsuccessful. Military officials believe the aircraft disintegrated on impact after being launched from the Fort’s east range.

“We’re exhausting all efforts to recover the Shadow UAS and appreciate all the support we’ve received from Fort Huachuca experts and the surrounding community agencies,” said Lt. Col. Fredrick O. Williams, a 7th Infantry Division spokesman.

There have been no reported injures related to the crash of the 450 pound unmanned aircraft. It is believed to have crashed far from any civilian or residential areas. Search efforts are continuing and officials are asking the public to report any information they may have about the missing aircraft by calling the Fort’s Installation Operations Center at 520-533-2291 or military police at 520-533-3000.