After completion of the functional tests that were carried out to assess the suitability of the MQ-9 Predator B system (NR.05) for commissioning, the transmission of this system took place on February 17 at the Talavera La Real Air Force Base in Badajoz the Air Force from the General Directorate of Armaments and Materials (DGAM).
Lieutenant Colonel of the 23rd Wing, Jess Rodríguez de Castro, welcomed Brigadier General Len-Antonio Machs Michavila, Chief of Fixed-Wing Air Systems to the Director General for Programs of the DGAM, and Brigadier General Antonio Javier Guerrero Mochn, Chief of the Department of Plans of the Air Force General Staff. These authorities signed the protocol into a simple law, constrained by the restrictions imposed by the current health emergency.
The MQ-9 Predator B was developed at the beginning of this century and with the success of its predecessor the MQ-1 Predator as a benchmark. It was dispatched to Iraq by the United States Air Force (USAF) in September 2007 and was used with great success in the California forest fires that same year. Its uses extend to NASA, the National Security Agency (NSA), and the Customs and Border Protection Service (CBP).
The NR.05 represents a remarkable increase in Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capacity for the Air Force and joint operations as it has a Class III remote platform that poses no risk. This platform is able to operate a maximum of 25 flight hours and carry out ISR missions with infrared and radio sensors in order to search for, locate and track targets in all weather conditions, fixed or mobile, day and night. All of this is capable of carrying out the mission hundreds of kilometers from the launch base or any other authorized location.
Photos: Delivery of the MQ-9 Predator to the Spanish Air Force
Source of text and photos: Army of the Air
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