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MQ-9 Reaper

The MQ-9 Reaper is an enlarged version of the MQ-1 Predator. The MQ-9 can be armored with 1.5 tons of weapon load like the air-to-ground missile AGM-114 Hellfire. The UAV has an endurance of 27 hours.


Design organisation General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
Main secundary design organisations Honeywell
Production organisaton  
Primary task Intelligence and attack
Type aircraft Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) UAV
Length 11 meters (36 feet)
Height 3.8 meters (12.5 feet)
Wingspan 20.1 meters (66 feet)
Wing surface  
Aspect ratio  
Sweep back  
Engines 1x Honeywell TPE331-10GD turboprop
Thrust 900 shp
Weight (empty) 2223 kgs (4900 pounds)
Weight (start, maximum, MTOW) 4760 kgs (10500 pounds)
Weight (landing, maximum)  
Required runway length (start)  
Required runway length (landing)  
Cruise speed 200 knots
Maximum speed 240 knots
Ceiling >50,000 ft (15 km)
Maximum range 1000 Nm (Maximum endurance of 27 hours)
Fuel capacity 386 kg internal (850 lb)
1361 kg external (3000lb)
Air-to-air-refueling + capacity No
Passengers None
Payload 1701 kgs (3750 pounds)
Armament 7 external station for a combination of:

- AGM-114 Hellfire
- GBU-12 Paveway II
- GBU-49 laser-JDAM
Maximum weapon load  
Maximum G resistance  
Radar - Lynx Multi-mode radar
- Multi-mode maritime radar
Sensors MTS-B EO/IR
Avionics - MIL-STD-1760
- C-band line-of sight
- Ku band beyond line-of-sight
- SATCOM data link control
- Digital Electronic Engine Control (DEEC)
- Automated Identification System (AIS)
Type flight controls Triple-redundant
Landing gear  
Crew 2 (pilot and sensor operator)
Costs 56.5 million FY2011 (includes 4 UAV's, one ground station
Overall flight hours  
First flight 2001
First delivery  
Operational since October 2007
Successor of MQ-1
Comparable aircraft  
Operators (current and future) United States, United-Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Netherlands
Main operatoors United States Air Force
Amphibious usage No
Status In production, in operational service


The MQ-9 Reaper is/was used by:

1. United States
2. United-Kingdom
3. Germany
4. Italy
5. Netherlands

1. United States

2. United-Kingdom

3. Germany
Germany ordered 5 MQ-9 Reapers + 4 ground stations.

4. Italy
Italy ordered 4 MQ-9 Reapers + 3 ground stations.

5. Netherlands
In July 2018, the NL MoD reported that it will buy 4 MQ-9 reapers.
In november 2013 the Dutch ministry of defence also reported that it will buy 4 MQ-9 Reapers and one ground station. These were not bought.


US Customs and Border Patrol MQ-9 "Guardian"

1. Press release Dutch MoD
2. US Air Force
3. General Atomics
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Last updated: 19 January 2019