Wed, Aug 18, 2004
An Air Force MQ-1 Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle crashed at
9:20 a.m. Aug. 17 north of the Balad Air Base, Iraq. The aircraft
was assigned to the 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron.
The RQ-1 and MQ-1 Predators are medium-altitude, long-endurance
unmanned aerial vehicle systems. The MQ-1's primary mission is
interdiction and conducting armed reconnaissance against critical,
perishable targets. When the MQ-1 is not actively pursuing its
primary mission, it augments the RQ-1 as a Joint Forces air
component commander-owned theater asset for reconnaissance,
surveillance and target acquisition in support of the Joint Force
The MQ-1 Predator carries the Multispectral Targeting System
with inherent AGM-114 Hellfire missile targeting capability and
integrates electro-optical, infrared, laser designator and laser
illuminator into a single sensor package. The aircraft can employ
two laser-guided Hellfire anti-tank missiles with the MTS ball.
A board of officers will investigate the accident.
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