USAF Loves Their Predators... Wants More | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 10.23.17

Airborne-Unmanned 10.17.17

Airborne 10.18.17

AMA Drone Report 10.19.17

Airborne 10.20.17

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne 10.23.17

Airborne-Unmanned 10.17.17

Airborne 10.18.17

AMA Drone Report 10.19.17

Airborne 10.20.17

Mon, Mar 21, 2005

USAF Loves Their Predators... Wants More

Predator Fleet To Expand

Air Force officials plan to expand the current Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle fleet to as many as 15 squadrons.

This increase, announced March 18, is in response to the escalating demand for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability in the war on terrorism. The plans are intended to ensure an increased number of Predators are available in U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility as well as for new opportunities, officials said.

"Combating terrorism requires the Air Force provide worldwide vigilance and awareness through persistent command, control and surveillance capabilities, ensuring our nation's ability to see first, understand first and act first. Our effort in regard to UAVs is just one more capability that allows us to ensure air dominance for our joint team in any environment we operate," said Peter B. Teets, acting secretary of the Air Force.

In a Future Total Force initiative that will establish two Air National Guard Predator units in Texas and Arizona, Air Force officials are determining manpower and training requirements that will significantly enhance the Predator's ability to support combatant commander requirements. ANG Airmen will operate the UAVs from their respective states. Additionally, Air Force officials plan to place a Predator squadron with an ANG unit in New York.

One of the six Future Total Force initiatives involved establishing a distributive ground station in western New York to process global intelligence information. After assessing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance requirements and reviewing concepts of operation, Air Force and Air National Guard leaders determined establishing a Predator unit in New York would provide a more immediate impact to the war on terrorism, officials said.

"Through Future Total Force initiatives such as the expansion of Predator units within the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve, the Air Force will leverage persistent command, control, surveillance, global mobility and rapid strike to win the global war on terrorism, and strengthen joint warfighting capabilities, while minimizing risk to the nation," said Lt. Gen. Stephen G. Wood, Air Force deputy chief of staff for plans and programs.

Besides the ANG Predator units, the Air Force currently has three operational, active-duty Predator squadrons located at Nellis Air Force Base and Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field in Nevada. Air Force Special Operations Command and Air Force Reserve Command Airmen also will operate Predators out of Indian Springs.

FMI: www.af.mil

Advertisement

More News

AMA Drone Report 10.19.17: Drone/Airliner Midair?, FAA Sued, CNN 107 Waiver

Also: Swedish Drone Ban Lifted, Rocky Mountain Hobby-Expo, Drone Shark Detection, Kittyhawk DJI Sync 2.0 Recent reports about a midair collision between a jet and a drone have been>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 10.17.17: Eagles v Drones, DJI AeroScope, Drone Policy

Also: AeroVironment Award, Washington State Patrol, Altavian Nova UAS, Robotaxis The French Military is training four Golden Eagles to attack drones in flight as a way to defend ag>[...]

RFP: ANN Seeking New Site/Facility For Major Studio Upgrade

It's Official: Aggressive Upgrades For New Airborne Programs WILL Require New Digs It's been in development for years, but we're getting to a point where we think we can pull off s>[...]

Airborne 10.20.17: Santa Monica Setback, Red Bull Aviatrix, C-49 Flies Again

Also: HondaJet World Tour, Barnstorming, SpaceX, Dauntless, Fixed-Wing VTOL, Gravitational-Waves, Swedish Drones The City of Santa Monica may now proceed with shortening the runway>[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.23.17)

“The reality is space is becoming a common domain for human endeavor. There were different times in our history where this was predicted, but this is no longer just a predict>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC