MQ-9 Reaper is a drone or UAV, controlled from a remote center. MQ-9 Reaper designed and developed by General Atomic Aeronautical Systems. The MQ-9 Reaper mainly designed for US Army. These drones designed to run from remote base stations.
The MQ-9 Reaper drone for Surveillance in the enemy territory without sending any pilot or unmanned Surveillance and unmanned operations.
This Drone is much bigger, stronger and powerful UAV than the other designed before. It is almost like big carrier Aircraft equipped with 950 horse power engine in the shaft which is more than five times powerful than its predecessors such as MQ-1 or other military drones in the World.
The powerful engine of MQ-9 drone allows it to carry 16-17 times heavier loads than next powerful drones in the list around the world. As a result of this, MQ-9 reaper can equipped with much more arms such as Guns and Missiles.
Due to such a great engineering, MQ-9 reaper joined in the fighter squadron in US Air Force and it’s Navy.
Greatest Engineering behind MQ-9 Reaper
The MQ-9 Reaper designed and developed by GA-ASI (General Atomics Aeronautical Systems) in the year 2008 and joined in USAF in 2011.
As it has 950 shaft horse power engines, it can carry load up to 3800 pounds and max flying height of 52,000 feet and its greatest endurance time of 36 hours which makes it great for Surveillance.
MQ-9 Reaper can travel max speed of 483 km/h and cruising speed up to 310 km/h and has maximum endurance up to 36 hours without load and with loud up to 3800 pound the endurance gets decreased to 23 hours.
This UAV can be equipped with variety of weapons such as like Missiles and laser guided bombs.
Mq-9 Reaper not only has military application but also used in search and rescue operations during Katrina Hurricane in 2005.
MQ-9 consists of various such laser ranger, advanced radar, GBU-38 JDAM sensors are capable of tracking moving objects and equipped with wide range high-resolution up to 400 camera and each camera having resolution of 5MP that takes HD video at 12 frames/second.
As a result of advanced sensors and powerful engines this makes one of the greatest engineering in military drones.
MQ-9 Reaper Cost
The unit cost of MQ-9 Reaper is around $13.77 Millions that is about 12.9 million Euro.This price only for unit of MQ-9 Reaper that is excluding its Operating Cost which includes fuel,base station crew and control.