PREDA­TOR B UAV

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PREDA­TOR IS AN UN­MANNED

aerial ve­hi­cle (UAV) which was de­vel­oped and built by Gen­eral Atomics Aero­nau­ti­cal Sys­tems Inc (GA-ASI) for the pri­mary use of the US Air Force (USAF) and Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency (CIA). The Preda­tor se­ries of UAVs were ini­tially de­signed for car­ry­ing out in­tel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance and re­con­nais­sance (ISR) mis­sions over land or sea. It could carry out ISR over en­emy ter­ri­tory with­out en­dan­ger­ing the crew. It was equipped with sen­sors such as MTS-B elec­troop­ti­cal/in­frared (EO/IR), Lynx multi-mode radar, multi-mode mar­itime radar, au­to­mated iden­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem (AIS), SIGINT/ ESM sys­tem and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions re­lay. The Preda­tor and its suc­ces­sor ver­sions have been in use ex­ten­sively since the 1990s. The dif­fer­ent ver­sions of the plat­form de­vel­oped are as un­der: the sys­tem which in­cluded four air­craft, Ground Con­trol Sta- The Preda­tor B UAV, also called re­motely pi­loted air­craft (RPA), multi-mis­sion ISR and strike air­craft. It is de­signed to per­form Force, it was de­vel­oped with GA-ASI fund­ing and has bet­ter ca­pa­bil­i­ties than the ear­lier ver­sions of Preda­tor. It was first flown in 2001. It is pow­ered by a tur­bo­prop en­gine and is de­signed to carry out mul­ti­ple mis­sions.

The Preda­tor B is a highly so­phis­ti­cated RPA which has bat­tle-proven Preda­tor RPA and in­cor­po­rates ma­jor im­prove­ments in over­all per­for­mance and re­li­a­bil­ity. It fea­tures un­matched op­er­a­tional flex­i­bil­ity, has an en­durance of over 27 hours, true air­speed of 240 knots, can op­er­ate up

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