The state of Texas received a boost from the Obama administration in its battle to secure its border with a second drone arriving to the state. The drone’s will provide sky surveillance from the Big Bend area to the Rio Grande Valley, areas that border with Mexico and are known smuggling routes. The second drone approved for Texas is part of the overall large border security initiative Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced this week that comes with $600M in funds.
The unmanned aerial vehicles’ deployment must be approved for use by the Federal Aviation Administration due to its use in sky surveillance; that approval has been granted. Most drones are equipped with infrared cameras, radar systems and can travel large distances quickly and can stay airborne for over 50 hours.