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predator drone

Most Famous US Aircraft- Inside General Atomics MQ-1 Predator Drone 'Cockpit'

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Role Remote piloted aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicle, UAV/UAS, secondary role as UCAV Manufacturer General Atomics Aeronautical Systems First flight 3 July 1994 Introduction July 1995 Status In service Primary user United States Air Force Produced 1995–present Number built 360 (285 RQ-1, 75 MQ-1) Program cost US$2.38 billion (2011) Unit cost US$4.03 million (2010) Developed from General Atomics GNAT Variants General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle Developed into General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper The General Atomics MQ-1 Predator is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) built by General Atomics and used primarily by the United States Air Force (USAF) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Initially conceived in the early 1990s for aerial reconnaissance and forward observation roles, the Predator carries cameras and other sensors but has been modified and upgraded to carry and fire two AGM-114 Hellfire missiles or other munitions. The aircraft, in use since 1995, has seen combat over Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bosnia, Serbia, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Syria, and Somalia. The USAF describes the Predator as a "Tier II" MALE UAS (medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft system). The UAS consists of four aircraft or "air vehicles" with sensors, a ground control station (GCS), and a primary satellite link communication suite.[4] Powered by a Rotax engine and driven by a propeller, the air vehicle can fly up to 400 nmi (460 mi; 740 km) to a target, loiter overhead for 14 hours, then return to its base. Following 2001, the RQ-1 Predator became the primary unmanned aircraft used for offensive operations by the USAF and the CIA in Afghanistan and the Pakistani tribal areas; it has also been deployed elsewhere. Because offensive uses of the Predator are classified, U.S. military officials have reported an appreciation for the intelligence and reconnaissance-gathering abilities of UAVs but declined to publicly discuss their offensive use. Civilian applications have included border enforcement and scientific studies, and to monitor wind direction and other characteristics of large forest fires (such as the one that was used by the California Air National Guard in the August 2013 Rim Follow us on : Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/110852752197237794224/110852752197237794224 Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Biggest-Source-Military-Archive-485955031587288/?ref=hl Blogger http://biggestx.blogspot.com.eg/