The American company General Atomics finalize impact UAV MQ-9 Reaper Block-1 and Block-5 version. According to a press release, the new UAV will become stronger, and its communications system — protected.
Namely, the new device will receive a double station, through which it is able to 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 more languid chassis highest takeoff weight unit planned increment with 4.76 tons to 5.3 tons.
MQ-9 Block 5 will be the development of a new modification 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-carrying capacity and energy efficiency are also more advanced avionics.
UAV MQ-9 Reaper is also known as Predator B and is an improved version of shock UAV MQ-1 Predator. The device is capable of speeds up to 400 km per hour and climbing above 5.9 thousand kilometers. Currently, about 130 such drones are armed with the U.S. Air Force, Department of Homeland Security, and NASA, and the Air Force in England and Italy.