Stealthy Predator Promoted To U.S. Navy
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) chose the Navy League convention to introduce a carrier-capable version of its Predator C UAV. GA-ASI has proposed the Sea Avenger for the emerging U.S. Navy Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike System (UClass). It is based on the jet-powered, stealthy development of the Predator series that GA-ASI has funded through design, development and into flight test. The company revealed that a second Predator C Avenger is being built, and that provisions for carrier operations were built into the design, including stronger landing gear, tail hook and drag devices. The Sea Avenger would also have folding wings. According to GA-ASI, the Predator C can fly for 20 hours at up to 50,000 feet with a 400-knot cruise speed.