Michael Friel

last updated 5/17/2017

Michael J. Friel

Spokesman at Customs and Border Protection

2018 Pacific Coast Hwy Suite #200, Lomita, California, United States
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Spokesman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Branch - DHS

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MQ-9B Guardian

CBP spokesman Michael Friel announced that after noticing mechanical problems, "the crew determined that the UAS would be unable to return to where it originated in Sierra Vista, Arizona, and put the aircraft down in the water.

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Michael Friel, a spokesman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said the checkpoints were a critical tool in securing the nation's borders.

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Michael Friel, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said the Vader was only in a "preliminary testing phase.
Despite Mr. Friel's comments, the tests were successful enough that the Border Patrol has asked Congress to appropriate funds for the purchase of two additional Vader systems. (Id.) Each system costs approximately $5 million per year to operate and maintain. (Id.)

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