Predator XP

Operator: United Arab Emirates
Status: On Order
Number: 10
Cost: $197 million
Acquired: Contract Signed in February 2013
General Specs
Country of origin: United States
Role: Unarmed reconnaissance
Manufacturer: General Atomics
Introduced: 1994
Take-Off: Automatic CTOL
Landing: Automatic CTOL
Power plant: Heavily Modified Rotax 914 Turbo
Wingspan: 55 ft (17 m)
Length: 27 ft (8 m)
Maximum takeoff weight: 2,550 lb (1157 kg)
Fuel Capacity: 595 lb (270 kg)
Speed: 138.1 mph (222.2 km/h)
Ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,620 m)
Endurance: 35 hours
Range: 770 miles (1,239.2 km)
Operators: Remotely piloted or fully autonomous
Armament: None
Radar/Sensors: Lynx Multi-mode Radar
Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR) video cameras
GA-ASI’s Lynx Multi-mode Radar with Maritime Wide Area Surveillance (MWAS)
Claw sensor control and image analysis software
Misc Systems: Automatic Identification System (AIS)
GPS and Inertial Navigation System (INS)
UHF/VHF voice
Communications relay



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