First Pre-Production Predator-B Takes Flight


Released on Thursday, October 30, 2003
MQ-9A Reaper
UAV - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
General Atomics has announced that the first pre-production Predator B Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) successfully completed its first flight at General Atomics' facilities in California.

The Predator-B UAV has been designed to perform long range, long endurance Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions and weapons delivery as well.

Predator B weighing 10,000 lbs (+4,500 kg) features a wider fuselage to accommodate additional fuel and payloads. It will be able to fly over 30 hours carrying 3,000 lbs (1,360 kg) of internal payloads and 800 lbs (363 kg) of external payloads.

One Honeywell turbo-prop engine and the increased wingspan over current Predator UAVs will enable Predator B to operate above 50,000 ft (15,240 m) with a larger sensor package.

Altair and Predator B Extended Range, with a flight endurance of 49 hours, UAVs have been developed from Predator B aircraft. All of them feature triple redundant avionics and dual mechanical control systems.

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