What does the MQ-9 Reaper do?

The MQ-9 Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily against dynamic execution targets and secondarily as an intelligence collection asset.

What is a Reaper in the military?

The MQ-9 Reaper is the primary offensive strike unmanned aerial vehicle for the U.S. Air Force. To meet combatant commanders’ requirements, the Reaper delivers tailored capabilities using mission kits containing various weapons and sensor payload combinations.

How long can a MQ-9 Reaper fly?

Featuring unmatched operational flexibility, MQ-9A has an endurance of over 27 hours, speeds of 240 KTAS, can operate up to 50,000 feet, and has a 3,850 pound (1746 kilogram) payload capacity that includes 3,000 pounds (1361 kilograms) of external stores.

Who builds the Predator drone?

General Atomics
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
General Atomics MQ-1 Predator/Manufacturers

Constructed of graphite epoxy composites and lighter than an economy car, the MQ-1 Predator, built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) of Poway, California, is powered by a four-cylinder Rotax 914 piston engine—an Austrian motor used in ultralight sport aircraft—and cruises at a snailish 84 mph.

What rifles do Army Rangers use?

Army Rangers – Weapons

  • M4a1 – 5.56 x 45mm carbine.
  • MK 16 SCAR-L – a newly fielded 5.56 x 45mm carbine / rifle.
  • MK 17 SCAR-H – a newly fielded 7.62 x 51mm carbine / rifle.

How many kills does Reaper have?

33 kills
Nicholas Irving is better known as The Reaper, an Army Ranger sniper and machine gunner with 33 kills in a single deployment and an unconfirmed kill total that could easily be into triple digits. But Irving, now 30 and retired from the military, has been haunted by nightmares from the day of his first kill.

What kind of aircraft is the General Atomics Reaper?

Unmanned reconnaissance and strike aircraft system. The General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper (sometimes called Predator B) is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of remotely controlled or autonomous flight operations developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) primarily for the United States Air Force (USAF).

What’s the endurance of a General Atomics Reaper?

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) 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.

Where was the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper shot down?

On 2 October 2017, U.S. Central Command stated that a MQ-9 had been shot down by Houthi air defense systems over Sanaa in western Yemen the previous day. The aircraft took off from Chabelley Airport in Djibouti, and was armed.

Is the MQ-9A Reaper an RPA aircraft?

MQ-9A “Reaper” is a highly sophisticated development built on the experience gained with the company’s battle-proven Predator RPA and is a major evolutionary leap forward in overall performance and reliability.