Predator C (Avenger) heads to Afghanistan

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  1. Kunal Biswas

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    [h=2]Predator C (Avenger) heads to Afghanistan [/h][​IMG]



    The US Air Force in Afghanistan has given itself an early Christmas present -- a General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Predator C Avenger.

    The jet-powered, stealthy unmanned air system (UAS) with -- and this is important -- an internal weapons bay is going to Afghanistan.

    The Aeronautical Systems Center on 9 December released a document justifying why the service needs to award a sole-source contract to General Atomics for a Predator C to deploy to Operation Enduring Freedom as a test aircraft.

    With the Avenger, the USAF's "classified customer" will have an aircraft that can drop 900kg (2,000lb) bombs. (Note to the underground residents of Natanz and Qoms: GBU-24 penetrator bombs weigh about 900kg. Just, um, FYI.)

    By the way, don't think the Predator C is intended to replace the hostage Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel. The 9 December notice says the USAF started the process of buying the Predator C on 5 July.


    Predator C heading to Afghanistan, packing a 2,000-pounder - The DEW Line
     
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    in past 10 years i have seen so many uavs coming out of american aviation industry, more than chinese copies of russian jets.
     
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