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The MQ-1 is an American strike UCAV (Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle). It was introduced in Update "Drone Age". It is available to all nations besides Russia and China. Unlike other aircraft, this is not researchable and can only be used once enough spawn points have been gained.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 1 000 m220 km/h
Turn time22 s
Max altitude7 500 m
EngineSNECMA Atar 9C
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight1 t
Max speed
(km/h at 1,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
220 220 7500 22.0 22.0 2.5 2.5 250


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
390 450 N/A N/A N/A ~__ ~__
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< ___ < ___ < ___ > ___

Survivability and armour

Crew0 people
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear450 km/h

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Suspended armament

List of setups (1)
Setup 12 x
Main article: AGM-114K Hellfire II

The MQ-1 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 2 x AGM-114K Hellfire II missiles

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • High altitude spawn, above most radars at its battle rating
  • The Hellfire missiles are accurate and have a long range
  • Can carry a lot of fuel


  • Limited payload, only two missiles
  • Slow


The MQ-1 Predator was introduced to the US on 1 July 1995 and developed by General Atomics to be a observational and attack aircraft which could be remotely controlled over long distances. This would mean there would be no danger to the pilot since there wasn't a pilot. It saw numerous deployments, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bosnia, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Yemen, Libyan civil war, Syria, and Somalia. It was retired from the USAF on 9 March 2018 in favour of the more capable and heavier MQ-9 Reaper.


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See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

General Atomics
Drones  MQ-1

Strike UCAVs
USSR  Orion
China  Wing Loong I