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General Atomics Guardian

Maritime Patrol Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

General Atomics Guardian

Maritime Patrol Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

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OVERVIEW



The United States Customs and Border Protection Agency operates several specially-modified MQ-9 Reapers as the Guardian.
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ORIGIN: United States
YEAR: 2006
MANUFACTURER(S): General Atomics Aeronautical Systems - USA
PRODUCTION: 2
OPERATORS: United States
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the General Atomics Guardian model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 0
LENGTH: 36.09 feet (11 meters)
WIDTH: 65.62 feet (20 meters)
HEIGHT: 11.81 feet (3.6 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 4,905 pounds (2,225 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 10,472 pounds (4,750 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Honeywell TPE331-10 turboprop engine developing 900 horsepower.
SPEED (MAX): 298 miles-per-hour (480 kilometers-per-hour; 259 knots)
RANGE: 1,150 miles (1,850 kilometers; 999 nautical miles)
CEILING: 49,869 feet (15,200 meters; 9.44 miles)




ARMAMENT



None. Special mission equipment centered around surveillance, intelligence-gathering and reconnaissance.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Guardian - Base Series Name


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the General Atomics Guardian Maritime Patrol Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).  Entry last updated on 5/25/2014. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The General Atomics "Guardian" is a modified maritime patrol variant of the successful line of General Atomics MQ-9 "Reaper" Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) family and operated under the banner of the United States Customs and Border Protection (US CBP). The CBP operates at least two in this navalized role, outfitted with the SeaVue marine search radar system. Additionally, they sport a special over-water electro-optical infrared sensor for the role. The MQ-9 Reaper (formerly known as "Predator B") forms a long-endurance, high-altitude, armed patrol role for the United States Air Force (USAF) and is in service with the forces of Australia, Britain, Netherlands and Italy as well with over 100 units built.

These aircraft retain much of the same form and function of their Reaper counterparts including their straight mainplanes, Vee-shaped vertical tail fins and bulbous nose section. However, a special extension is noted along the belly, mounting a pod, and winglets are added to the mainplane tips. The aircraft is still powered by a conventional engine system (Honeywell turboprop) that drives a three-bladed propeller unit at the rear of the fuselage in a "pusher" configuration. The integrated, retractable wheeled undercarriage allows the aircraft to take-off and land from any prepared runway.

The Guardians are known to be based out of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (Florida) and Naval Air Station Corpus Christi (Texas).




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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 300mph
Lo: 150mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (298mph).

    Graph average of 225 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
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ASW
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AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
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A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue