Jan 21, 2014
Italian Predator Bs start Afghan duty
The Italian air force has begun using its General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Predator B unmanned air system in Afghanistan.
Operating from Herat air base in support of the NATO-ISAF, the new type will replace the A-model Predators previously flown by the Italian air force in the country.
Italy’s unarmed Predator Bs will be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tasks. The type was previously used by the air force during the NATO-led campaign to protect Libyan civilians in 2011.
Italy’s Predator B acquisition totals six air vehicles, plus related equipment.