Ripley, Tim
September 2005
Aviation Week & Space Technology;9/12/2005, Vol. 163 Issue 10, Special section p6
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This article reports that the U.S. Army divisional and corps commanders will have their own armed Ultimate Robotic Vehicles to seek out and strike high-value targets, such as suspected terrorist leaders, by 2009. This comes after General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., along with its "Team Warrior" partners AAI and Sparta, was awarded a $214-million systems development and demonstration (5DD) contract to field an advanced version of the Predator DRV. The new version of the Predator has been dubbed "Warrior" by the Army, and will feature a heavy-fuel engine to reduce maintenance costs, increase service life and simplify logistics. It will provide the army with long-endurance surveillance, communications relay and weapons-delivery missions.


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