The American company General Atomics finalize drone strike MQ-9 Reaper Block-one version to Block-5. According to a press release, the new UAV will be stronger, and its communications systems — security.
Namely, the new device will receive a double station, through which he can transmit data to multiple air or ground targets. Due to the additional beams UAV will be able to raise more payload.
Previously reported plans to General Atomics increment autonomous vehicles from 28 to 37 hours. With a more languid chassis highest take-off weight of the machine intended to increment with 4.76 tons to 5.3 tons.
MQ-9 Block 5 will be the development of new modifications for today MQ-9 Block-1 plus, which made its own first flight May 24, 2012. UAVs also differs from the basic model Block-1 over-capacity and energy efficiency are also more advanced avionics.
UAV MQ-9 Reaper also known as Predator B and is an improved version of shock UAV MQ-1 Predator. Apparatus capable of speeds up to 400 km per hour and climbing above 5.9 thousand kilometers. At present, about 130 such UAV are in service with the U.S. Air Force, the Department of Homeland Security, and NASA, and the Air Force in England and Italy.