The Predator Program Reaches 100
The Predator Program
San Diego, California. (GA-ASI)
February 5, 2004 -- General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading
manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems, announced today that it has produced
the one-hundredth Predator remotely piloted aircraft for the U.S. Air Force.
Integrated with the most advanced command and control technology as well as the
latest multi-targeting sensor package, Predator 100 represents the multi-mission
Predator capabilities which are deployed in combat today supporting the U.S. war
on terrorism. As one of the most reliable aircraft in the U.S. inventory,
Predator 100, like its predecessors, will be flown on an instrument flight plan
in National Air Space from the company’s flight operations facility in
California to Indian Springs Air Force Base in Nevada for delivery to the U.S.
Air Force. Predator has provided the U.S. with persistent intelligence,
surveillance, targeting and reconnaissance information on combat areas
deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans since 1995, logging over sixty
percent of all flight hours in combat. Predator is also in use by the U.S. Navy
and Italian Air Force.
The U.S. Air Force is developing and building the
pre-production MQ-9 Hunter Killer Predator B prop jet aircraft. The detection,
tracking and strike capability of this aircraft brings a new dimension to armed
reconnaissance unsurpassed by any other unmanned aircraft in the world. Predator
B has demonstrated its ability to make a tremendous contribution to increase
awareness along the borders of the United States during actual deployments and
will continue to be a force multiplier on deployments around the world. Mariner,
a variant of the Predator B, is equipped with color and infrared cameras plus a
surface search radar. Mariner will allow the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the
Homeland Security organization to cost-effectively monitor the oceans areas of
the world and maritime approaches to the United States.
Founded in 1993, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
has spearheaded acceptance and set industry reliability standards for unmanned
aircraft systems for military and commercial customers such as the U.S. Air
Force, U.S. Navy, NASA, Department of Energy, the Canadian Forces and several
overseas governments. Leading the industry to new levels of performance and
interoperability for network centric operations, General Atomics Aeronautical
Systems, Inc. uses proven design philosophies and the experience gained by the
combat-proven Predator to develop aircraft systems which meet the performance
requirements of customers worldwide. Mr. Thomas J. Cassidy, Jr. is President and
Chief Executive Officer.
Point of Contact:
Cyndi Wegerbauer, Public Relations Manager, General Atomics Aeronautical
Systems, Inc. (858) 455-2294; (858) 455-4247 -