GNAT was initially created as a simplified version of export UAV LSI Amber. Apparatus General Atomics GNAT-750 first took to the air in 1989 year. At Amber Wing was installed on the pylon on the fuselage, and its upgraded version was a nizkoplan which at its own low weight could raise a much greater weight of the payload. Chassis tricycle with a nose wheel retracted. The flight duration was more than 12 hours, and the radius of action does not exceed the 2000 km.

After some time, General Atomics bought the rights to LSI and its development. In 1993, the company entered into an agreement with the Turkish government for the supply of 6 units GNAT-750 and 16 transport vehicles I-GNAT ER, which increased the range of flights. In 90, the bloc of communist countries collapsed, which enabled the US government to intervene in the internal affairs of some countries of Eastern Europe, in particular the conflict in Yugoslavia. The company-developer under the contract with the CIA of the United States began to finalize the GNAT-750 UAV for special missions. There were bureaucratic obstacles in the case, and it would seem that the project would close, but in 94, the CIA task force, armed with the UAV GNAT-750, arrived in Albania to carry out intelligence activities regarding the internal affairs of Yugoslavia. The operation was not particularly successful due to bad weather and some technological difficulties, however, the development of promising unmanned vehicles continued. A deep upgrade led to the emergence of I-GNAT (Improved GNAT) with the Rotax 914 engine installed (HP 105 power). The new drone was more durable, reliable and easily exploited.

Specialists General Atomics UAV used GNAT-750 as a basis for designing and creating the type of tactical UAVs Prowler - a large-scale version of its predecessor, with a wingspan m 7,31 4,24 when the length of the fuselage m. Was significantly increased the duration of the flight - 16 hours. Thus, both the first and second instances were unified.

GNAT. Characteristics:

Modification GNAT-750 (I-GNAT)
Wingspan, m 10.76 (12.86)
Aircraft Length m 5.33 (6.32)
Height with landing gear, m 0.72
Weight, kg
empty 254 (385)
maximum take-off 517 (700)
engine's type 1 PD Rotax 582 (Rotax 914)
Power, hp 1 x 64 (105)
Maximum speed km / h 193 (296)
Cruising speed, km / h 175
Flight distance, km 2780
Flight duration, h 48
Practical ceiling, m 7620 (9140)
Payload: target equipment weighing up to 150 kg gyro-stabilized turret (infrared system cameras, day and low light levels)

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