The General Atomics Avenger (formerly Predator C) is a developmental unmanned combat air vehicle built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems for the U.S. Military to serve as the perfect complement to manned fighter aircrafts.
Unlike the previous MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper (Predator B) drones, the Avenger is powered by a turbofan engine, and the design includes stealth features such as internal weapons storage, and an S-shaped exhaust for reduced heat and radar signature.
Billed as a true unmanned “combat” air vehicle, the Avenger will support the same weapons as the MQ-9, and carry the Lynx synthetic aperture radar and a version of the F-35 Lightning II’s electro-optical targeting system (EOTS), called the Advanced Low-observable Embedded Reconnaissance Targeting (ALERT) system.
A third generation predator, it’s more in line with current fifth generation fighter jets being deployed by the U.S. Air Force.
Fully capable of tackling both combat and air reconnaissance-oriented missions, the Avenger will be limited only by the mission role and payload carried.
This video renders an animated depiction of the current and envisioned capabilities of this third generation drone.
After the smash success of the MQ-9 Reaper (Predator B), the incorporation of the Avenger into the U.S. Air Force lineup, together with the F-35A Lightning II and the F-22 Raptor, will create an unbeatable and incredible aerial force to be reckoned with.