The Vertical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VUAV) is a short-range, shipboard deployable unmanned aircraft. The VUAV will allow the Coast Guard to extend the surveillance, classification and identification capability of its major cutters through its speed, range, and endurance and at a lower cost. This asset will be used to support maritime homeland security, search and rescue missions, enforcement of laws and treaties including illegal drug interdiction, marine environmental protection, and military preparedness. The Eagle Eye will be deployed aboard the National Security Cutter (NSC) and the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) as part of the Maritime Security Cutter ìforce packageî. Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman.

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