Friday, March 5, 2010

Avenger UAV

Avenger UAV from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems



Class:
Hunt-and-kill

Habitat:
Flight-operations center for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in Palmdale, California, where it’s performing final test flights for prospective buyers

Behavior:
The stealthy jet-powered Avenger is packed with 3,000 pounds of surveillance equipment and lethal munitions, such as laser-guided Hellfire missiles and 500-pound GBU-38 bombs. It can reach speeds of up to 530 mph, far faster than its spindly predecessors, the Predator and Reaper. With fuel packed into every available nook of the fuselage, it can loiter above a target for nearly 20 hours.

Notable Feature:
Its internal weapons bay allows for interchangeable payloads, such as next-gen wide-area surveillance sensors.

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