Naval Air: U.S. Navy Goes Predator


August 10, 2006: The U.S. Navy has bought one of the new MQ-9 Predator B UAVs, for $8.3 million. This includes ground control equipment, maintenance equipment and some spare parts. It's the same price the air force paid for their most recent purchase of Predator Bs. The original Predator cost $4.5 million each. The "B" model has less endurance (24 hours compared to 40 hours for the A model), but carries a heavier payload (1.7 tons). The U.S. Air Force uses Preadator B to carry Hellfire missiles, or 250 or 500 pound smart bombs. Predator B was designed as a "hunter-killer" UAV, and can go into action carrying up to 16 Hellfire missiles. The Predator B has been undergoing tests in combat zones for over five years, and some of these tests included loading the UAV up with more powerful sensors (like radar) and seeing how it would operate doing maritime reconnaissance. Several other similar (to the Predator B) UAVs are being tested for coastal patrol as well. The U.S. Navy plans to use its Predator B to develop and test a number of different combat and patrol missions.


Article Archive

Naval Air: Current 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close