General Atomics MQ-1 Predator
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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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