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Latvia: US drone MQ-1 Predator and A-10 Warthog ground attack aircraft fly over Latvian territory01:27

Latvia: US drone MQ-1 Predator and A-10 Warthog ground attack aircraft fly over Latvian territory

Latvia, Lielvarde Airbase
September 8, 2015 at 18:26 GMT +00:00 · Published

The MQ-1 Predator drone flew along with two A-10 Warthog ground attack planes over the Lielvarde airbase during its very first deployment to Europe, Tuesday.

Political authorities, military officials and press gathered at the military facilities to see the United States manufactured drone in action. The unmanned aircraft performed over the audience. Two of the A-10 Warthog planes were accompanied by the drone at the exhibition.

According to US military sources, the Lielvarde airbase is the only one in the European Union capable of handling Predator drones on an ongoing basis. Nevertheless, the current deployment is expected to last just two weeks and is aimed at familiarising NATO intelligence staff with the aircraft's capabilities and controls.

The MQ-1 Predator is an unmanned aerial vehicle used by the United States Air Force (USAF) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It can fly up to 740 km (460 miles) direct to a target and is able to fly mid-air for up to 14 hours before returning to base for a re-charge.

Latvia: US drone MQ-1 Predator and A-10 Warthog ground attack aircraft fly over Latvian territory01:27
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The MQ-1 Predator drone flew along with two A-10 Warthog ground attack planes over the Lielvarde airbase during its very first deployment to Europe, Tuesday.

Political authorities, military officials and press gathered at the military facilities to see the United States manufactured drone in action. The unmanned aircraft performed over the audience. Two of the A-10 Warthog planes were accompanied by the drone at the exhibition.

According to US military sources, the Lielvarde airbase is the only one in the European Union capable of handling Predator drones on an ongoing basis. Nevertheless, the current deployment is expected to last just two weeks and is aimed at familiarising NATO intelligence staff with the aircraft's capabilities and controls.

The MQ-1 Predator is an unmanned aerial vehicle used by the United States Air Force (USAF) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It can fly up to 740 km (460 miles) direct to a target and is able to fly mid-air for up to 14 hours before returning to base for a re-charge.

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