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The Air Force describes the Predator UAV as a "medium-altitude, long-endurance, remotely piloted aircraft." It can carry two laser-guided Hellfire anti-tank missiles. It's been used on air strikes against suspected terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Cruising speed is 84 mph with an endurance of 16 to 40 hours.
This Predator UAV is shown above the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) on a simulated Navy aerial reconnaissance flight off the coast of southern California. This was the Predator's first maritime mission with a carrier battle group, and it was launched from San Nicholas Island off the coast of southern California.
UAVs on the big screen
UAVs have already become Hollywood stars. The 2005 action flick "Stealth" featured a UAV with artificial intelligence nicknamed "EDI." After it's struck by lightning, EDI develops a mind of its own.