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RQ-1B Predator  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1995
Maiden Flight: July 1994
Total Production: 125
Unitary Cost: USD$4.0 million
Also Known As: MQ-1, RQ-1A Predator and RQ-1E Predator XP
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: General Atomics
Parent System: Predator
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1995
Maiden Flight: July 1994
Total Production: 702
Family Members: Altair, Avenger ER, Mariner, MQ-1 Predator, MQ-1B Predator Block X, MQ-9A Reaper, MQ-9B Protector, MQ-9B SkyGuardian, Predator C Avenger, Reaper ER and Sea Avenger
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Description: The Predator is a medium altitude, long endurance, unmanned aerial vehicle system for use in risk areas minimizing to human life. It is a theater asset for reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition in support of Joint Force commander. General Atomics had developed a complete family of unmanned aerial vehicles based on Predator to meet the needs of of a wide range of customers both civil and military. Predator family includes Predator B, I-GNAT, Altus, Altair, Warrior and I-GNAT ER which are operated by the United States Armed Forces, NASA, NOAA and the US government as well as by the Italian Air Force and the Turkish Army.

The RQ-1A/B is a system consisting of 4 Predator air vehicles, a ground control station (GCS), a Predator primary satellite link communication suite, and 55 people for continuous 24-hour operations. The Predator UAV has C-band line-of-sight data-link or a Ku-band satellite data-link for beyond line-of-sight operations. The payload can be a CCD-TV camera, a variable aperture Infrared camera, and a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) for looking through smoke, clouds and haze. On the RQ-1B, either the CCD-TV or IR camera may be operated simultaneously with the SAR. For ease of operation and rapid deployment, each Predator UAV can be disassembled into 6 main components and loaded in a container. A 5,000 by 125 feet (1,524 by 38 meters) runway is requested for UAVs takeoff and land operations. The improved RQ-1B Predator UAV features an ARC-210 radio, APX-100 IFF, ice mitigation system, upgraded engine, and validated technical orders for operations and maintenance.

The Predator UAV was successfully employed during operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom over Afghanistan and Iraq respectively. The US Air Force is the sole Predator operator in the United States. In late September 2004, the Predator air vehicle achieved the 100,000 flight hours milestone with approximately 70,000 combat flight hours. This milestone was accomplished during a routine combat mission over Iraq conducted by US Air Force P-61 air vehicle September 27. In October 2005 the US Air Force took delivery of the 125th Predator aircraft and announced that the third full rate production contract planned for 2006 was set for a maximum of 36 and a minimum of 7 aircraft. The US Air Force MQ-1 Predator is slated for retirement on July 1, 2017.

RQ-1B Predator Applications

Combat Aircraft MQ-1C Gray Eagle Protection Systems GCS

RQ-1B Predator Specifications

Crew: 0
Number of Engines: 1
Height: 2.10 meter (6.89 foot)
Length: 8.22 meter (27.0 foot)
Wingspan: 14.8 meter (49 foot)
Ceiling: 7,620 meter (25,000 foot)
Max Range: 741 kilometer (400 nautical mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 101 shp (75 kW)
Cruise Speed: 37.6 mps (135 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 60 mps (118 KTAS)
Flight Endurance: 24 hour (1 day)
Empty Weight: 513 kilogram (1,131 pound)
Max Takeoff Weight: 1,020 kilogram (2,249 pound)
Payload: 205 kilogram (452 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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RQ-1B Predator News

There are 18 news between
1 Mar 2005 and 25 May 2017
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Thursday, May 25, 2017Predator B Variant Remains Airborne for over 48 Hours
Wednesday, March 8, 2017US Air Force to Retire MQ-1 Predator Fleet in the Summer
Thursday, February 12, 2015Predator XP Completes 40-Hour Long Flight
Monday, July 14, 2014GA-ASI Successfully Executes First Flight of Predator XP
Friday, February 22, 2013United Arab Emirates Orders Predator XP Unmanned Surveillance Aircraft
Wednesday, February 23, 2011GA-ASI and IGG Sign Agreement to Meet UAE Surveillance Needs
Tuesday, April 6, 2010Predator Series UAS Family Achieves One Million Flight Hours
Friday, February 26, 2010Multi-Spectral Targeting System Achieves 750,000 Flight-Hour Milestone
Tuesday, March 3, 2009US Air Force MQ-1 Predators Achieve 500,000 Flight Hours
Thursday, November 8, 2007MQ-9A Reaper Drops First Precision-Guided Bomb Operating in Afghanistan

Operators & Related Equipment

20144on lease
United Arab Emirates?
Predator XP unmanned air vehicles sold in February 2013 for reconnaissance missions not equipped with weapons

Grand Total 1254
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