MQ-9A Predator B / Altair UAV
As the successor of the combat-proven Predator aircraft system, Predator B was developed and flight tested in early 2001 to
support both emerging military and scientific research applications. Configured with a flight proven, commercially available
turbo prop engine, Predator B flies at speeds over 200 knots which provides a tremendous flexibility in supporting dynamic deployment requirements.
And, with a large internal payload capacity, Predator B can efficiently support multiple military objectives as well as a variety of
scientific research applications all from the same aircraft. ALTAIR, a variant of the militarized Predator B, is
planned for first flight in 2003 and will be used to support NASA's atmospheric research efforts.
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