MQ-9 Reaper: Unfettered for Export

April 1/24: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has tested its Sonobuoy Dispensing System (SDS) using an MQ-9B SeaGuardian unmanned aerial system. During the flight, eight AN/SSQ-53 and two AN/SSQ-62 sonobuoys, deployed to detect underwater threats, were dropped from the drone’s pod through an Aerea advanced pneumatic ejection system and were monitored by the onboard Sonobuoy Monitoring and Control System. An MQ-9B can carry up to four SDS pods on its four wing stations, and each pod can accommodate up to 10 A-size sonobuoys or up to 20 G-size sonobuoys.











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0 Reaper, ready… (click to view full) 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 […]

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