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General Atomics RQ-1 Predator

The RQ-1 Predator was designed as a reconnaissance aircraft capable of being remotely piloted from beyond visual range through a satellite data link.  First flown in 1994, the Predator has proven its reconnaissance ability in Bosnia and other deployments.  With an endurance of up to 24 hours, the Predator has excellent loiter capabilities.

In 2001, a Predator successfully test fired a Hellfire anti-tank missile at a stationary target.  Predators have been used to hit ground targets in Afghanistan.

 Specifications  Designations
Type: Reconnaissance UAV
Engine: one 105 hp (78 kW) turbocharged Rotax 914 piston engine
RQ-1: Reconnaissance version
MQ-1: Multi-use (ground attack) version
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