September 10, 2009
Predator and Global Hawk are unmanned aircraft
The MQ-1 Predator is a medium-altitude, has a long endurance period and the most important feature, it is unmanned. The primary mission is interdiction and conducting armed reconnaissance against critical targets. It also acts a Joint Forces Air Component Commander-owned theater asset for reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition. The predator is not actually one aircraft but an entire system consisting for four aircraft fitted with sensors, a control station on the ground, a Predator Primary Satellite Link along with the necessary operators and maintenance crew for a 24 hour, 365 day operation. The basic crew consists of one pilot and two sensor operators. The aircraft is flown from the ground station with the help of satellite link. The aircraft has a color nose camera which is used for controlling the airplane, a day-variable camera, an infrared camera for night or low light missions and other sensors. The cameras can also produce full motion videos. The aircraft can also employ two laser-guided AGM-114 Hellfire anti-tank missiles.