Military Unmanned Vehicles

Predator    Global Hawk



Produced by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems of San Diego, the Predator UAV 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 observe enemies in high-risk areas without endangering an aircrew.

Predator - Unmanned Reconnaissance Aircraft (UAV)


Primary function: Airborne surveillance reconnaissance and target acquisition.  

Real-time surveillance capabilities and transmits images without landing

Speed: Cruise speed around 84 mph to 140 mph

Range: 400 nautical mile

Ceiling: Operates up to 26,000 ft. and can stay aloft for 24 hours

Power Plant: RQ-1A Rotax 912 four cylinder engine producing 81 horsepower, RQ-1B 914 four cylinder turbo-charged engine producing 105 horsepower

Length: 27 feet (8.22 meters)

Height: 6.9 feet (2.1 meters)

Wingspan: 48.7 feet (14.8 meters)

Weight: 950 pounds (431 kilograms) empty, gross 2,250 pounds (1,020.6 kilograms)

Fuel Capacity: 665 pounds (100 gallons)

Payload: 450 pounds (204.1 kilograms)

Contractor: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.

System Cost: $25 million

Inventory: Active force, 5; ANG, 0; Reserve, 0








Global Hawk - Unmanned Reconnaissance Aircraft (UAV)


Primary function: High altitude endurance unmanned aerial vehicle

Speed: 390 mph

Range: 1200 nautical miles

Real-time surveillance capabilities and imagery from high altitudes for long periods of time. Operates between 50,000 and 60,000 feet and can stay aloft for 24 hours.







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