Drones on a new mission at Dugway

Drones on a new mission at Dugway

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DUGWAY, Utah (AP) -- The U.S. Army says it will consolidate testing on unmanned drones at the Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah's west desert.

Military brass are planning a dedication ceremony for a new center Wednesday.

Dugway's primary mission is defending troops against biological and chemical attacks. It has perfected devices such as battlefield sensors and charcoal-lined soldier suits.

Now add drones.

The base will test new technologies and larger payloads for unmanned aircraft systems, and ways to get the drones faster to troops around the world.

About 1,400 civilians and contractors work at Dugway.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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