Air Force Sends General Atomics Drone to Afghanistan

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The Air Force is sending a General Atomics Predator C Avenger drone to Afghanistan, according to a Flightglobal report.

The Avenger is referred to as a test aircraft, but Flightglobal reports the order meets Defense Secretary Leon Panetta‘s request for reconnaissance and strike capabilities.

“This aircraft will be used as a test asset and will provide a significantly increased weapons and sensors payload capacity on an aircraft that will be able to fly to targets much more rapidly than the MQ-9 [Reaper] UAS,” the Air Force said according to Flightglobal.

“Since it has an internal weapons bay and four hardpoints on each wing it will also allow greater flexibility and will accommodate a large selection of next generation sensor and weapons payloads,” the Air Force said. 

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