The General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper is the most advanced evolution of the unmanned aircraft capable of remote controlled of autonomous flight. Dimensionally larger than its predecessor, the Predator, it is characterized by an advanced 950 horsepower turboprop engine, which allows to reach 480 km/h. Even the flight range and the autonomy have been significantly improved. Developed to fulfill reconnaissance and attack duties, the Reaper can carry, thanks to the power of its turboprop engine, a much higher payload than the MQ-1 Predator moved by a traditional piston engine. Its hard points can carry an impressive variety of armament: Paveway II laser-guided bombs, JDAM, and up to 14 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles.
Drie uitvoeringen mogelijk;
- Royal Air Force, No.39 Squadron, Afganistan 2011-2012.
- U.S.Air Force, 432nd WG, Creech Air Force Base, Nevada 2012.
- U.S.Air National Guard, 17th FW, Fort Drum, New York.
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