MQ-9 Reaper pre-flight, Afghanistan

Afghan Pre-Flight

November 4/20: Taiwan’s Sea Guardian Reuters reported that the US State Department could notify Congress on the sale of four MQ-9 Sea Guardian unmanned air vehicles to Taiwan this week. The report said the sale “has crossed a key hurdle in Congress and is at the last stage of approval.” The $600 million deal would be the first such sale since US policy on the export of sophisticated and closely guarded drone technology was loosened by the Trump administration. The formal notification gives Congress 30 days to object to any sales, but this is unlikely given broad bipartisan support for the defense of Taiwan.

Reaper Hellfires Paveways

Reaper, ready…
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The MQ-9 Reaper UAV, once called “Predator B,” is somewhat similar to the famous Predator. Until you look at the tail. Or its size. Or its weapons. It’s called “Reaper” for a reason: while it packs the same surveillance gear, it’s much more of a hunter-killer design. Some have called it the first fielded Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV).

The Reaper UCAV will play a significant role in the future USAF, even though its capability set makes the MQ-9 considerably more expensive than MQ-1 Predators. Given these high-end capabilities and expenses, one may not have expected the MQ-9 to enjoy better export success than its famous cousin. Nevertheless, that’s what appears to be happening. MQ-9 operators currently include the USA and Britain, who use it in hunter-killer mode, and Italy. Several other countries are expressing interest, and the steady addition of new payloads are expanding the Reaper’s advantage over competitors…

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MQ-1 Predator Armed Landing

MQ-1 landing –

1 Hellfire fired?

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MQ-1 Predator vs MQ-9 Predator-B

MQ-1 vs. MQ-9

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MQ-9 Block 5

MQ-9 Block 5

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MQ-9, Kandahar

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MQ-9 Reaper pre-flight, Afghanistan

Afghan Pre-Flight

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March 8/19: Fully Operational in Poland The
US Air Force achieved

full operational capability
of the the MQ-9 Reaper at
Miroslawiec Air Base in Poland. The General Atomics-developed
remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) have been operating out of
Poland since May. The UAV is capable of remotely controlled
or autonomous flight operations. It is the first
hunter-killer UAV designed for long-endurance, high-altitude
surveillance. The

Reaper is a larger, heavier, and more capable aircraft
than its predecessor, the MQ-1 Predator. It is planned to be
in service into the 2030s. Air Forces in Europe christened a
new set of facilities at Miroslawiec Air Base, Poland on
March 1 to help accommodate the Air National Guardsmen and
contractors operating Reapers there. The Air Force chose
Poland for the mission because of its strategic location in
Europe. RPA aircraft are now operated by both contractors and
US military personnel. The US military now shares control of
the Reapers at Miroslawiec during takeoff, flight and
aircraft recovery with the contractors.

February 8/19: Tests The Missile Defense

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems with a
$30.9 million modification to demonstrate passive Missile
Defense Agency configured MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicles
(UAVs) in Ballistic Missile Defense System tests. The

MQ-9 Reaper is a UAV with an operational ceiling of
50,000ft, a maximum internal payload of 800lb and external
payload exceeding 3,000lb. The MQ-9 is the first
hunter-killer UAV designed for long-endurance and high
altitude surveillance. It consists of a 950-shaft-horsepower
turboprop engine. Aircrew in the Ground Control Station
monitor the aircraft including weapons employment. Work under
the modification will be performed in San Diego,

RAF MQ-9, Afghanistan

RAF Reaper Refuels,


Armed MQ-9

Here’s looking

at you, kid…

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MQ-9, armed

MQ-9, armed

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MQ-9 delivery

RAF MQ-9 to Afghanistan

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MQ-9 Kandahar

MQ-9 and Kandahar

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Mariner over Water

Mariner UAV

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Mantus UCAV

Mantis UCAV

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RAF MQ-9, Kandahar

RAF MQ-9, Kandahar

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MQ-9 Predator-B w Paveways

MQ-9 w. Paveways

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MQ-9 Mariner Australia

MQ-9 trials

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NASA MQ-9 Image San Diego Fire 2007-10-24

Ikhana fire image

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