Saturday, December 31, 2011

U.S. Air Force Buys The Latest Version Of Armed Drones

An Avenger drone is seen here in flight. It was designed to carry 2,000-pound bombs, as well as missiles, cameras and sensor packages. (Chad Slattery, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems / December 30, 2011)

Air Force Buys An Avenger, Its Biggest And Fastest Armed Drone -- L.A. Times

The new radar-evading aircraft, which cost the Air Force $15 million, has a maximum takeoff weight of 15,800 pounds and can fly at 460 mph. The drone, built near San Diego, is for testing purposes.

The Air Force has bought a new hunter-killer aircraft that is the fastest and largest armed drone in its fleet.

The Avenger, which cost the military $15 million, is the latest version of the Predator drones made by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., a San Diego-area company that also builds the robotic MQ-9 Reapers for the Air Force and CIA.

The new radar-evading aircraft, also known as the Predator C, is General Atomics' third version of these drones. The Air Force picked up only one of them, strictly for testing purposes.

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Update: The Air Force Just Bought Its Biggest And Fastest Armed Drone Ever -- Business Insider

My Comment: It will only be a matter of time before we have drones that can fly Mach 1+ that carry even larger lethal payloads.

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