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General Atomics Predator XP

United States (2017)
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The General Atomics Predator XP is an updated version of the proven MQ-1 Predator line of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.


Detailing the development and operational history of the General Atomics Predator XP Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).  Entry last updated on 1/2/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The General Atomics MQ-1 "Predator" Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) became one of the most important aviation products of the 2000s. Introduced in July of 1995, the series went on to see considerable combat service in the skies over Afghanistan and Iraq during the two major wars there and continues to fly today (2018) with some 360 produced to date. The line was eventually matured into a dedicated attack form in the MQ-9 "Reaper" and has been completely modernized for the rigors of the new battlefield in the "Predator XP".

The Predator XP brings with it a mission endurance window of 35 hours and can reach operating altitudes of 25,000 feet and speeds of 120 knots on a conventional propeller engine. The overall form and function of the Predator line remains as the aircraft continues to showcase the bulbous forward fuselage, housing critical internal systems, straight wing mainplanes (set at midships) and the downward-turned, outward-cranked tail planes. The propeller unit remains at the rear of the design, powered by a conventional engine fit, and is arranged in a pusher configuration. The undercarriage has a three-leg stance and is wheeled for ground-running. Winglets are noted at the tips of each mainplane.


Picture of the General Atomics Predator XP Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
Picture of the General Atomics Predator XP Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)


Predator XP has an autonomous functionality allowing it to complete take-off and landing actions without operator input (this system was proven through the Gray Eagle development - detailed elsewhere on this site). By way of its data-link installation, the system can operate through both line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight as needed - providing considerable tactical advantages in the latter. The payload supports the usual sensors, High-Definition (HD) cameras and systems related to Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) (including maritime) sorties and carries an EO/IR camera for real time delivery of video. Furthermore, the aircraft is equipped to operate in both day and night environments and all-weather types, able to search, track and report on target positions - even those targets on the move. The air vehicle also has a "Lynx" multi-mode radar fit. A triple-redundant flight control system ensures product reliability.

As it stands, the Predator XP is a relatively new release by General Atomics and is actively marketed by the company as a multi-mission performer.






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 150mph
Lo: 75mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (140mph).

    Graph average of 112.5 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: United States
Year: 2017
Type: Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
Manufacturer(s): General Atomics - USA
Production: 0
Status: Active, Limited Service
Global Operators:
United States
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
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Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
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Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the General Atomics Predator XP model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel



Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
26.25 ft


Meters
8 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
55.77 ft


Meters
17 m


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
2,557 lb


Kilograms
1,160 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Rotax 914 (modified) turbo engine driving a three-bladed propeller unit in pusher configuration.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
140 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
225 kph


Knots
121 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
2,485 mi


Kilometers
4,000 km


Nautical Miles
2,160 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
25,000 ft


Meters
7,620 m


Miles
4.73 mi

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None. Mission equipment consists of systems related to Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) gathering.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• Predator XP - Base Series Name