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Check Out The United States Surveillance Drone Which Can Stay Airborne For 35 Hours

The Predator XP is an unmanned remotely-piloted aircraft (RPA), manufactured by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) and it is used by the United States Air Force and the CIA to provide them with increased surveillance with its advanced sensor and cameras.

According to, the Predator XP has a length of 27ft, a wingspan of 55ft and it is powered by a modified Rotax 914 turbocharged engine which allows the plane to reach a maximum speed of 222km/h, with the ability to fly as high as 25,000ft in the air and the endurance to stay airborne for about 35 hours at a height of 10,000ft above sea level.

The major functions of this aircraft are to conduct over-the-horizon operations, search and rescue and some intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions over land and sea, and to this effect, the aircraft is well equipped with some advanced features which include the following;

It has an automatic take-off and landing system (ATLS), this feature allows it to perform an autonomous take-off and landing without needing the interaction of an operator.

It also comes equipped with an automatic identification system (AIS), satellite communications (SATCOM), triple-redundant flight control computers, and various ISR sensors.

It also has a line-of-sight (LOS) and a beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) data link system which allows for the transmission and reception of video, images and other data in any over-the-horizon mission it embarks on.

Other features which make this UAV stands out is the inclusion of multiple state-of-the-art Electro-optical Infrared (EO/IR) cameras, Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI) for locating moving vehicle on the ground and Multi-mode Radar which has an advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) which can perform well in all-weather and both during the day and at night among many others.

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