Close sidebar

Predator UAV family logs 1 million flight hours

written by australianaviation.com.au | April 7, 2010
A USAF RQ-1 Predator. (USAF)
A USAF RQ-1 Predator. (USAF)

The General Atomics Predator family of unmanned aerial systems logged its one millionth flight hour during operations over the Easter weekend.

Comprising the Predator A, the I-Gnat, the ER/Sky Warrior and Predator B/Reaper UAVs, the milestone was recorded in just under 80,000 missions, 85 per cent of which have been flown on operations.

GA-ASI estimates that at any time of the day, more than 40 Predator UAVs are airborne worldwide, the majority of which would be in the Afghanistan, Middle East and Horn of Africa regions. The Predator family is currently being built at a rate of eight aircraft and seven ground stations per month, and are logging almost 30,000 flight hours per month.

Advertisement
Advertisement

25% off starts now! Australian Aviation magazine Cyber Monday sale is now live. Have the very best of Australian Aviation’s annual print and digital subscription. This includes every In Focus and Behind the Lens digital magazine, special coverage, exclusive photos and editions you may have miss. Subscribe now at australianaviation.com.au.

Each day, our subscribers are more informed with the right information.

SIGN UP to the Australian Aviation magazine for high-quality news and features for just $99.95 per year