The Aircraft takes-off using a catapult launcher with the help of a booster. It is recovered by a net for landing. But it is still possible for the RQ-2 Pioneer to take-off and land on conventional runways.
Since 1991 the Pioneer UAV absolved different missions, during conflicts in the Persian Gulf, Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq.
It has a maximum flight endurance of 5 hours, while carrying a payload of 34 kg. Out of the United States it is operated by the Israeli Air Force and the Republic of Singapore Air Force. The RQ-2 Pioneer was operational by the US Navy until 2007, since then it had been replaced by the AAI RQ-7 Shadow.