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General Atomics Guardian


Maritime Patrol Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) (2006)


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



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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).

Specifications



Service Year
2006

Origin
United States national flag graphic
United States

Status
ACTIVE
In Limited Service.
Crew
0
UNMANNED
Production
2
UNITS


General Atomics Aeronautical Systems - USA
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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.
Unmanned Capability
Aircraft inherently designed (or later developed) with an unmanned capability to cover a variety of over-battlefield roles.


Length
36.1 ft
(11.00 m)
Width/Span
65.6 ft
(20.00 m)
Height
11.8 ft
(3.60 m)
Empty Wgt
4,905 lb
(2,225 kg)
MTOW
10,472 lb
(4,750 kg)
Wgt Diff
+5,567 lb
(+2,525 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base General Atomics Guardian production variant)
Installed: 1 x Honeywell TPE331-10 turboprop engine developing 900 horsepower.
Max Speed
298 mph
(480 kph | 259 kts)
Ceiling
49,869 ft
(15,200 m | 9 mi)
Range
1,150 mi
(1,850 km | 3,426 nm)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base General Atomics Guardian production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
None. Special mission equipment centered around surveillance, intelligence-gathering and reconnaissance.


Guardian - Base Series Name


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