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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

General Atomics is a nuclear physics and defense contractor headquartered in San Diego, California. Among other things, it is the manufacturer of the Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The Predator has been in use since 1995. It has been used to launch strikes against numerous insurgents and civilians in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq.(2) In 2011 the "Pentagon had 169 Predators in its inventory."(3)(4)(5)

"CIA drone strikes have led to far more deaths in Pakistan than previously understood, according to extensive new research published by the Bureau. More than 160 children are among at least 2,292 people reported killed in US attacks since 2004. There are credible reports of at least 385 civilians among the dead." (6)

Taxonomy business » arms industry » nuclear » weapons
NRHP classification institution-business-defense
Address 16761 Via Del Campo Ct, San Diego, CA
Lat / Lng 33.018578, -117.095825
Budget
Profit
Contracts
Date(s) 1995
Source(s)
  1. Website
  2. Predator, Wikipedia
  3. The Changing Shapes of Air Power, NY Times
  4. Taliban-style justice for alleged U.S. spies
  5. C.I.A. Is Disputed on Civilian Toll in Drone Strikes
  6. Drone War Exposed - the complete picture of CIA strikes in Pakistan
Entry updated: 2012-03-03 07:39:24
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems