NATO Drone Chicago: MQ-1 Predator or MQ-9 Reaper Over Elgin?

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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  1. Sorry to disappoint you all. It was real, I was 10′ away from this guy. It was obviously a drone, quiet and fast. there were other commercial planes higher up as we are in O’hares holding pattern route. And it was windy that day. I dont understand why there was such an outpouring of critism from this clip. If is is fake than ignore it, when something is not fake everyone comes out to debunk it…should make you think!

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