Predator Program

CIRPAS maintains and operates the US Navy's only three Predator UAVs. One air vehicle is configured with the EO/IR, SAR and Ku-band SATCOM payloads; the other aircraft have EO/IR payloads only. The Predators and payloads were provided to CIRPAS as a result of the Center's Tactical Control System (TCS) developmental and operational test support. The air vehicles and payloads are available for other RDT&E or CONOPS development activities on a not-to-interfere basis with the TCS Program Office objectives.


  • Maximum endurance of 36 hrs.
  • Maximum altitude of 25kft
  • Cruise speed of 70 KIAS
  • Nose payload bay capacity of 450 lbs., wing hardpoints
  • 1.8 kW of payload power
  • Wing span of 48 ft.
  • GTOW of 2250 lbs.


  • Flight Duration: 36 Hours
  • Max Altitude: 25k ft
  • Cruse Speed: 70 KIAS
  • Max Speed: 120 KIAS
  • Skyball: Raytheon MTS-A is the most commonly used Skyball by the Air Force.
  • Payload Capacity: 450 lbs
  • Available Payload Power: 1.8 kW
  • Link: Direct LOS up to 110 miles Satcom capable.
  • Wing Span: 48 ft
  • Length: 27 ft.
  • Fuel: 100LL
  • Weather Limitations: Limited by inclementent weather such as rain, high winds, ice, thunderstorms and fog.
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