Friday, September 30, 2011

Predator Drones and Hellfire Missiles

Today we have been heard a lot about Predator Drones and Hellfire Missiles.  The following is a picture of an MQ-1B Predator (loaded with Hellfire Missiles) from the 361st Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron preparing for take-off from Ali Base, Iraq.

MQ-1B Predator loaded with Hellfire Missiles

AGM-114 Hellfire Missile Specs:

Type: Air-to-surface and surface-to-surface missile
Place of Origin: United States
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin
Unit Cost: $68,000
Weight: 100–108lb (45.4–49kg)
Length: 64 in (163 cm)
Diameter: 7 in (17.8 cm)
Warhead: High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT); 20 lb (9 kg) tandem anti-armor / Metal augmented charge (MAC); 18 lb (8 kg) shaped-charge / Blast Fragmentation
Engine: Solid-fuel rocket
Wingspan: 13 in (33 cm)
Operational Range: 546 yd – 5 mi (500 m – 8 km)
Speed: Mach 1.3 (950 mph; 425 m/s)
Guidance System: Semi-active laser homing millimeter wave radar seeker
Launch Platform: Rotary- and fixed-wing platforms, Unmanned combat air vehicles, tripods, ships, and ground vehicles

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