PREDATOR C AVENGER Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS),
▶ Avenger UAS design and features
The highly advanced Avenger combat UAS is designed based on the Predator aircraft. It is transportable aboard C-5 / C-17 military transport aircraft and offers lower radar cross section (RCS).
The unmanned aerial vehicle has a length of 13m and wing span of 20m. The maximum gross take-off weight of the UAS is 8,255kg and fuel carrying capacity is 3,583kg. The internal and total payload capacities are 1,588kg and 2,948kg respectively. The UAS is fitted with hybrid electro / mechanical anti-lock brake system.
▶ Armament and weaponry
The six external wing hard points aboard the Avenger ensure the carriage of missiles, bombs and munitions. The UAS can also accommodate up to 1,588kg of precision munitions in the internal weapons bay.
The UAS can be armed with a variety of combat-proven weaponry including AGM-114 Hellfire surface-to-air anti-tank missiles, 250lb GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb, 500lb GBU-12 / GBU-49 Paveway II laser-guided bomb, 1,000lb GBU-16 laser-guided bomb and GBU-48 precision-guided bomb. It can also carry GBU-31, GBU-32 and GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) guided bombs.
▶ Payloads attached to Predator C Avenger UAS.
The Predator C Avenger UAS is equipped with retractable electro-optical and infrared (EO / IR) gimbal sensors to capture high-resolution imagery and video. The payloads also include SIGINT/ESM system, communications relay, triple-redundant avionics, and dual-redundant flight controls.
The UAS is also fitted with high-performance, multi-function, all-weather Lynx radar for target detection up to a range of 80km. It operates in multiple modes including synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and ground moving target indicator (GMTI).
▶ Avenger UAS engines and performance.
The Predator C Avenger is powered by a Pratt & Whitney PW545B turbofan engine which generates a redundant power of 20kW and develops a thrust of 4,800lb.
The UAS has a maximum air speed of 400ktas and a standard dash speed of 350ktas. It can fly at a maximum altitude of 50,000ft and can remain airborne for up to 18 hours.