|Predator Unit to Deploy to Balkans |
Predator Unit to Deploy to Balkans
Langley Air Force Base, Virginia -- March 26, 2001 (AFPN) -- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has approved a deployment order to send RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicles to the Balkans.
A weaponized Predator (Photo General Atomics Aeronautical Systems)
Based at Indian Springs, Nev., the Predators and about 80 support personnel are being sent to the Balkans at the request of the Supreme Allied Commander-Europe. The date for deployment has yet to be announced.
The Predator is a medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle system. Its primary mission is airborne reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition in support of the Joint Forces Commander.
- Donald H. Rumsfeld
- RQ-1 Predator