Procurement: August 23, 2005

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The U.S. Army has selected General Atomics, the manufacturer of the Predator UAV, to develop and produce the replacement for the armys current long range UAV, the RQ-5 Hunter. The new Warrior UAV wont enter service until the end of the decade. The army has ordered 121 Warriors (11 squadrons, with 12 UAVs each), at a cost of about $8 million each (including ground equipment). The Warrior will weigh 1.5 tons, carry 300 pounds of sensors internally, and up to 500 pounds of sensors or weapons externally. It will have an endurance of up to 36 hours and a top speed of 270 kilometers an hour. Warrior will have a wingspan 56 feet and be 28 feet long. The Warrior is very similar in weight, size and capability to the Predator.

 


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