MQ-1 Predator

MQ-1 Predator

The MQ-1 Predator is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) used primarily by the United States Air Force (USAF) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The Predator carries cameras and other sensors but has been modified and upgraded to carry and fire two AGM-114 Hellfire missiles or other munitions.

Manufacturer : General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
Role : Remote controlled, UAV
Developed from : General Atomics GNAT
Variants : MQ-1C Grey Eagle
Developed into : MQ-9 Reaper
First flight : January 1994
Introduction : July 1995
Status : Active
Primary user : United States Air Force
Produced : 1995–Present
Unit cost : $4.5 million
Developed from : General Atomics GNAT

MQ-1 Predator Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: none on-board
  • Length: 27 ft (8.22 m)
  • Wingspan: 48.7 ft (14.8 m); MQ-1B Block 10/15: 55.25 ft (16.84 m)
  • Height: 6.9 ft (2.1 m)
  • Wing area: 123.3 sq ft[57] (11.5 m²)
  • Empty weight: 1,130 lb[56] (512 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 2,250 lb (1,020 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 2,250 lb[56] (1,020 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1× Rotax 914F turbocharged four-cylinder engine, 115 hp(86 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 135 mph (117 knots, 217 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 81–103 mph (70–90 knots, 130–165 km/h)
  • Stall speed: 62 mph (54 knots, 100 km/h) (dependent on aircraft weight)
  • Range: >2,000 nmi (2,300 mi/3,700 km)
  • Endurance: 24 hours
  • Service ceiling: 25,000 ft[56] (7,620 m)

Armament

2 hardpoints

  • 2 × AGM-114 Hellfire (MQ-1B)
  • 4 × AIM-92 Stinger (MQ-1B)
  • 6 × Griffin air-to-surface missiles

Avionics

  • ASIP-1C
  • AN/AAS-52 Multi-Spectral Targeting System
  • AN/ZPQ-1 Synthetic Aperture Radar (early airframes only)
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