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
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
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
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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