Bigger, badder Predator may be in the works
- By Defense Systems Staff
- Dec 22, 2011
The Air Force is considering creating an advanced Predator C Avenger unmanned aerial system – with the help of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems – for combat use, reports Aviation Week.
Overseen by Big Safari, the Air Force’s rapid acquisition organization, the Predator C project was in the works even before the RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aerial vehicle crash in Iran earlier this month, and may end up being the template for future next generation UAVs, according to the article.
Predator C Avenger bound for testing in Afghanistan
The evolution of the Predator C would likely include additional and more sophisticated sensors, including Goodrich’s MS-177, as well as full-motion video, such as that on the RQ-170 used to gather data on Osama bin Laden, and signals intelligence, Aviation Week said.
In a tough budget environment, building on the already developed Predator C would also relieve some of the funding pressures the military might face if it attempted to create a new UAV from the ground up, the article said.