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Predator Drone
ReconDrone
Unit
Affiliation

USA

Role

Scout

Tier

2

Properties
Hit points

90

Armor type

AirplaneArmor

Sight radius

200

Speed (air)

70

Production
Cost

$500

Build time

0:05

Produced by

USA Airfield

Requires

Strategy Center

Hotkey

R

Function
Upgrades
Abilities
  • Scanner Sweep
  • Sensor Pulse (upgrade)
Predator Drone, online.
- Predator Drone leaving the airfield
Predator drone icon
The Predator Drone is USA's tier 2 scout unit. This fast and inexpensive drone is the only aerial scout unit in the mod. They are particularly effective at spotting targets for artillery and as decoy for protecting US aircraft from heavy anti air fire.

Lore

Once only able to be requested from sources outside of the normal battlefield chain of command, the Predator Drone has become of crucial importance to the USA after the sudden development of anti-satellite technologies in the 2020s meant it could no longer rely on orbital reconnaissance as much as it had done for decades.

Now, these simple but effective unmanned drones can be readied and launched from any American airfield at a moment's notice, providing crucial long-range intelligence data to all USA forces. They are particularly effective when spotting targets for artillery or spying the way for other aircraft - but they should be considered entirely disposable, as stealth technology proved too expensive to implement to their default design and they possess no real armor. They can be upgraded to remedy their weaknesses in armor and can use their Scanner Sweep ability to detect enemy units and become stealthed much like the former Spy Drone.

Abilities

Ability Description
Scanner sweep icon
Scanner Sweep
The Predator drone performs a scanner sweep that makes it stealthed and detects stealthed enemies in a radius of 250 on the target area.
Sensor pulse icon
Sensor Pulse
The Predator drone focuses its power on its detection radar, revealing stealthed enemies in a radius of 500 around itself for 5 seconds. 30 seconds cooldown.
Requires Advanced Drone Warfare.

Overview

The Predator Drone is the most fragile compared to the other factions' scout units, however what gives them the advantage over the other scout units is the fact that they are a fast aerial unit that can travel over any terrain making their reconnaissance much more effective than their counterparts from other factions.

The Predator Drone can be upgraded with Drone Armor which which will increase their chance of survivability by giving them 25% stronger armor. They have a default ability called the Scanner Sweep, in which the Predator Drone will revolve around a targeted area and detect any stealth units while being stealthed themselves. The new Advanced Drone Warfare upgrade in version 1.86 will not only give Predator Drones the ability to auto repair but will also give them a new ability called Sensor Pulse, where the Predator Drone focuses power on their detection radar which causes them to detect stealthed units over a large distance for a brief moment.  This new ability makes Predator Drones even more potent at hidden surveillance than the Chinese Listening Outpost when deployed to its stationary stealth mode.

Quotes

See: USA unit quotes#Predator Drone

Trivia

  • Along with Hunter Killer Drone and Anvil Bot, the Predator drone is the only one to a have unique lined voiceset among the rest of the drones.

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