General Atomics MQ-1 Predator


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General Atomics MQ-1 Predator

The General Atomics MQ-1 Predator is an American remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) built by General Atomics that was 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. It was modified and upgraded to carry and fire two AGM-114 Hellfire missiles or other munitions. The aircraft entered service in 1995, and saw combat in the war in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the NATO intervention in Bosnia, Serbia, the Iraq War, Yemen, the 2011 Libyan civil war, the 2014 intervention in Syria, and Somalia.

The United States Air Force retired the Predator in 2018, but it continues to serve in the MQ-1C Gray Eagle derivative for the U.S. Army as well as with several foreign nations.

A total of 360 aircraft were built (285 RQ-1, 75 MQ-1).

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General Atomics MQ-1 Predator

 ENGINE1 x 115hp Rotax 914F 4-cylinder air-cooled piston engine
  Take-off weight1020 kg2249 lb
  Empty weight513 kg1131 lb
  Wingspan14.8 m49 ft 7 in
  Length8.23 m27 ft 0 in
  Height2.1 m7 ft 11 in
  Wing area11.45 m2123.25 sq ft
  Max. speed217 km/h135 mph
  Cruise speed170 km/h106 mph
  Ceiling7600 m24950 ft
  Range1250 km777 miles
 ARMAMENT2 x AGM-114 Hellfire or 4 x AIM-92 Stinger on two hardpoints

General Atomics MQ-1 PredatorA three-view drawing (1766 x 1978)

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