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General Atomics Guardian

United States (2006)
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The United States Customs and Border Protection Agency operates several specially-modified MQ-9 Reapers as the Guardian.


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).

Any available statistics for the General Atomics Guardian Maritime Patrol Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).






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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.
Relative Operational Ranges
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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 Mission Types:
Air-to-Air
Interception
Unmanned
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Training
Anti-Submarine
Anti-Ship
Airborne Early Warning
MEDEVAC
Electronic Warfare
Maritime/Navy
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Search/Rescue
Recon/Scouting
Special Forces
X-Plane/Development
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National Origin: United States
Service Year: 2006
Classification Type: Maritime Patrol Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
Manufacturer(s): General Atomics Aeronautical Systems - USA
Production Units: 2
Global Operators:
United States
Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the General Atomics Guardian model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
0


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
36.09 ft


Meters
11 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
65.62 ft


Meters
20 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
11.81 ft


Meters
3.6 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
4,905 lb


Kilograms
2,225 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
10,472 lb


Kilograms
4,750 kg

Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Honeywell TPE331-10 turboprop engine developing 900 horsepower.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
298 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
480 kph


Knots
259 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
1,150 mi


Kilometers
1,850 km


Nautical Miles
999 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
49,869 ft


Meters
15,200 m


Miles
9.44 mi

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None. Special mission equipment centered around surveillance, intelligence-gathering and reconnaissance.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• Guardian - Base Series Name