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  • General Atomics MQ-1 Predator (Predator A) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) / Drone

    The General Atomics MQ-1 Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle has found success as an unarmed reconnaissance platform and as a missile-armed hunter.

     Updated: 6/13/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    At a cost of about $40 million dollars per system, the RQ-1/MQ-1 Predator is a pricey yet integral part of US Air Force operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Operating by remote control, the Predator can cover a section of territory with excellent loitering endurance and not expose friendly aircrew to enemy fire or capture. As it stands, the US Air Force currently maintains some 97 General Atomics-produced Predators in its inventory and utilizes the system in both the reconnaissance and armed reconnaissance roles. The Predator began service as the RQ-1, indicating her strictly unarmed reconnaissance role. The designation of MQ-1 was appended in 2002 to indicate her new modified form for the armed reconnaissance role.

    The Predator operates remotely under the supervision of three Air Force personnel - one pilot and two sensor operators - though a full team complement consists of 55 personnel. The system is fed input via ground equipment and a satellite-ready component known as the Predator Primary Satellite Link. Four Predator aircraft units make up one full Predator group while transportation of Predators is by C-130 Hercules. If operating from a runway in the traditional aircraft sense, the Predator requires very little surface area to land on and take-off from and landing itself is accomplished with a retractable tricycle landing gear system.

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    General Atomics MQ-1 Predator (Predator A) Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1995
    Type: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) / Drone
    National Origin: United States
    Manufacturer(s): General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Incorporated - USA
    Production Total: 360

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Operating Crew: 0
    Length: 26.97 feet (8.22 meters)
    Width: 48.56 feet (14.80 meters)
    Height: 6.89 feet (2.10 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 1,129 lb (512 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 2,249 lb (1,020 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

    Engine(s): 1 x Rotax 914F 4-cylinder engine developing 115 horsepower driving a two-bladed propeller unit in pusher configuration.

    Maximum Speed: 135 mph (217 kph; 117 knots)
    Maximum Range: 454 miles (730 km)
    Service Ceiling: 25,000 feet (7,620 meters; 4.73 miles)

    Armament / Mission Payload

    2 x AGM-114 Hellfire laser-guided anti-tank missiles OR 2 x AIM-92 Stinger short-ranged anti-aircraft missile.

    Global Operators / Customers

    Italy; Morocco; Turkey; United Arab Emirates; United States

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

    RQ-1 - Initial Series Designation indicating primary reconnaissance role.

    RQ-1A - Preproduction designation of complete Predator UAV system (including ground control stations).

    RQ-1K - Preproduction designation of Predator airframes.

    RQ-1B - Production designation of complete Predator UAV system (including ground control ststations).

    RQ-1L - Production designation of Predator airframes.

    MQ-1 - Redesignation in 2002 indicating addition of armed reconnaissance role.

    MQ-1A - Provision for AGM-114 Hellfire or AIM-92 Stinger missiles; sans aperture radar functionality.

    MQ-1B - Revised antenna; fuselage spine VHF protrusion; dorsal and ventral intakes.

    MQ-1B Block 10/15 - Modernized avionics suite and communications control; revised tail unit.

    MQ-1C "Grey Eagle" - Upgraded Predator currently (2013) under development.

    Predator XP - Export Variant; sans all weapon capabilities.