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Predator at Indian Springs AFAF

From: Tom Mahood 
Date: Wed, 5 Feb 1997 04:35:58 GMT
Subject: Predator at Indian Springs AFAF

Excised from the Skunk Works Mailing list:


970120.  Air Force unveils Predator UAV

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) -- The Air Force's 11th
Reconnaissance Squadron unveiled its Predator Unmanned Aerial
Vehicle to the public Jan. 31, at Indian Springs Air Force
Auxiliary Field.

The ceremony included a launch of the UAV and a static display
for the public to view.

Predators are also know as the Tier II Medium Altitude Endurance
UAV.  Produced by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, San
Diego, the drones are 27 feet long with a wingspan of
approximately 49 feet.  With a loiter time of up to 40 hours and a
maximum ceiling of 25,000 feet, these aerial "eyes in the sky" can
operate in high-risk areas without endangering an aircrew.

Additionally, the UAV's real-time imagery can be relayed to
combined air operations centers or joint intelligence centers via
satellites to provide commanders on the ground information to
make accurate and timely decisions.

The 11th RS received its first two Predator UAVs in November
1996.  Each UAV costs less than $3 million dollars and the 11th
RS is programmed to receive 45 of the vehicles.

The 11th RS belongs to the 57th Wing at Nellis Air Force Base.
(Courtesy of ACC News Service)  &  AFNS:


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