INTRODUCTION To MQ-9 Reaper Drone
MQ-9 Reaper Drone “Finally! The best Replacements found for the lives of the most important assets of the country at warfare(fighter pilots), “MQ-9 Reaper Drone”.Fighter pilots being the most expensive investment of the country cannot be risked so easily, drones have turned out to be the most successful replacement.
Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles. Drones can be used for various types of work like agriculture, photography, in movie-making, military, etc.
Drones have a major conribution in warfare and military purposes.The best drone at present for warfare is the MQ-9 Reaper .
MQ-9 also named as Preadtor B is a extremly dangerous and powerful drone.It was adopted by the U.S Air force in the year 2007.Reaper had it’s first flight on 2 february,2001.It turns out to be the first hunter killer unmanned aerial vehicle designed long endurance
The national origin of the rea reaper is The United States. Manufacturers are General Atomics and Aeronautical Systems. Its Primary users are United States Air Force, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Royal Air force and Italian air force.
A typical MQ-9 system consists of multiple aircraft, ground control station, communications equipment, maintenance spares, and personnel. A military flight crew includes a pilot, sensor operator, and Mission Intelligence Coordinator. The aircraft is powered by a 950 horsepower (710 kW) turboprop, with a maximum speed of about 260 knots (480 km/h; 300 mph) and a cruising speed of 150–170 knots (170–200 mph; 280–310 km/h). With a 66 ft (20 m) wingspan, and a maximum payload of 3,800 lb (1,700 kg), the MQ-9 can be armed with a variety of weaponry, including
Hellfire missiles and 500-lb laser-guided bomb units. Endurance is 30 hours when conducting ISR missions, which decreases to 23 hours if it is carrying a full weapons load. The Reaper has a range of 1,000 nmi (1,150 mi; 1,850 km)[dubious – discuss] and an operational altitude of 50,000 ft (15,000 m), which makes it especially useful for long-term loitering operations, both for surveillance and support of ground troops
The Predator and Reaper were designed for military operations and not intended to operate among crowded airline traffic. The aircraft typically lack systems capable of complying with FAA See-And-Avoid regulations. On 18 May 2006, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a certificate of authorization allowing MQ-1 and MQ-9 UAVs to fly in U.S. civil airspace to search for survivors of disasters. In 2005, requests were made for MQ-9s to be used in search and rescue operations following Hurricane Katrina but, as there was no FAA authorization in place at the time, it was not used