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General Atomics Guardian

Maritime Patrol Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

United States | 2006

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

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the General Atomics Guardian Maritime Patrol Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
1 x Honeywell TPE331-10 turboprop engine developing 900 horsepower.
298 mph
480 kph | 259 kts
Max Speed
49,869 ft
15,200 m | 9 miles
Service Ceiling
1,150 miles
1,850 km | 999 nm
Operational Range
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the General Atomics Guardian Maritime Patrol Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
36.1 ft
11.00 m
O/A Length
65.6 ft
(20.00 m)
O/A Width
11.8 ft
(3.60 m)
O/A Height
4,905 lb
(2,225 kg)
Empty Weight
10,472 lb
(4,750 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the General Atomics Guardian Maritime Patrol Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) .
None. Special mission equipment centered around surveillance, intelligence-gathering and reconnaissance.
Notable series variants as part of the General Atomics Guardian family line.
Guardian - Base Series Name

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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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Total Production: 2 Units

Contractor(s): General Atomics Aeronautical Systems - USA
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