Converted manned aircraft with mounted sensor balls will imitate Predators and Reapers during military exercises
Surrogate Predator: A Cessna 182 wears the sensor ball of a Predator Lon Carlson, L-3 Communications
A high demand for Predators and Reapers on the front lines has led the U.S. Air Force to take an unusual step: asking human pilots to mimic the drones for training purposes back in the States.
Cessna 182 aircraft have become converted "Surrogate Predators" with the installation of a "Predator ball" that typically serves as the surveillance and tracking eyes for drone operators. Such Predator balls give the manned Cessnas the ability to lock onto targets and track them.