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Pioneer (Israel)
Israel built the Pioneer UAV in the late 1980s. After witnessing Israel's myriad successes with light UAVs, the U.S. Navy, Marines, and Army immediately acquired more than 20 of the new Pioneers, which became the first small, inexpensive UAVs in the modern American military forces. The rocket-boosted Pioneer takes off from a makeshift runway on land or carrier flight decks at sea.

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