General Atomics Guardian
United States (2006)
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
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
This entry's maximum listed speed (298mph).
Graph average of 225 miles-per-hour.
Relative Operational Ranges
Graph showcases the General Atomics Guardian's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.