Marines prepare for more surveillance drones

HONOLULU (AP) - The Marine Corps in Hawaii is conducting an environmental assessment in anticipation of receiving additional surveillance drones.

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports the Marines expect to receive 12 RQ-7B Shadows and 45 RQ-21A Integrators when the Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 relocates from California to Kaneohe Bay.

The Shadow has a 14-foot wingspan and a maximum takeoff weight of 375 pounds.

The Integrator has a 16-foot wingspan and a maximum takeoff weight of 135 po8unds.

Both can fly to 15,000 feet.

About 270 people would be relocated with the surveillance drones.

A draft environmental assessment is expected in October and a final decision in 2014.

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