February 25, 2013

United Arab Emirates To Acquire Predator Drones and…

A lot of foreign countries want to get their hands on the gold standard of drones, The General Atomics Predator. I’ve spoken with senior members of the company and they assure me that the exportable version cannot be modified with hard points to fix weapons. Apparently this is because of internal mods to the center of gravity (CG) that would make the plane unable to fly if hard points were attached.

Regardless of weaponizing, the Predator will give some serious capability to the UAE and others in the Middle East who are already on the red carpet list to acquire the drone.


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  • Kim l

    @oldSquid amen to that!!

  • oldSquid

    Kim, as a SCUBA Instructor, I had a saying/cliche... whatever. that does apply... The only dumb question is the one that is not asked. It's worked for me for quite a while...

  • Kim l

    Some of the best laid plans. We should all be skeptical ,question question,question. No.harm in asking it the harm is when you think you have all the answers without questions. I am learning a lot about all of the people here and respect most. All the answers come from some dumbs shit like me asking a dumb question. Your response made me feel much better. Wait for it. I still have questions:)

  • SEAN SPOONTS

    A little perspective hear.  Selling drones to the Saudis or the UAE isn't the same thing as them controlling them.  They can't maintain them so they hire contractors to work on them.  They can't fly them so they hire contractors to do that for them too.  I have no doubt in my mnd that there are software backdoors that can render the drone unflyable if the need arises due to some unplanned for problem with the host country.

  • JHR

    @ufridman For anyone who has read iwars, (James Adams), I might say Uri- that perhaps we have wised up and the Predator will go "boom" in the hands of AQ if they get it. Perhaps our software can still be over-ridden in the Drones in the event of a theft. We have come a long way with these UAV's. Perhaps we could trace who is operating a stolen drone. Bad news for the operator.