VIDEO: A drone spotted in the Elgin area on Saturday, May 12, 2012.
A man with a video camera at a soccer field in Elgin, Illinois has claimed to have captured on May 12, 2012 what appears to be a drone Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that he says was flying toward Chicago the weekend before the NATO Summit. The aircraft appears to be an MQ-1 Predator. The reported appearance of the aircraft has many people speculating that the aircraft is working in the area for the upcoming NATO Summit.
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The image in the video appears similar to an MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle.
The MQ-9 is the first hunter-killer UAV designed for long-endurance, high-altitude surveillance.
The MQ-1 Predator was originally designed for reconnaissance and forward observation roles but now can carry and fire two AGM-114 Hellfire missiles or other munitions.
Offensive uses and related offensive information about the MQ-1 Predator is classified.
Some critics claim the video is a fake. The issues are discussed in another article — The Cardinal Video Surveillance Drone? Apparent Drone Sighted Over Elgin Headed Toward Chicago Week Before NATO Summit
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