United Kingdom (UK) should be run in the last 5 job UAV MQ-9 Reaper before the end of this year, said one of the representatives of the government on October 15.
MQ-9 Reaper — Reaper UAV reconnaissance and strike, developed by General Atomics Aeronauyical Systems Ins (GA-ASI) — the world’s favorite for the production of UAVs and radar technologies for military and civilian aviation.
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MQ-9 Reaper is created for use by the USAF and RAF. First test flight took place on February 2, 2001 goda.Sproektirovan based MQ-1 Predator, a turboprop engine resettled, allowing to reach speeds of more than 400km / h
Service ceiling is 15,000 m Maximum flight duration UAV MQ-9 Reaper 24 hours or more. Currently, the U.S. Air Force is about 74 MQ-9. First combat use in Afghanistan took place in the summer of 2007, and then in Iraq.
The main performance characteristics:
Ceiling — 15 km
Autonomy — 16-28 hours
Range — 5920 km
Fuel Capacity — 1300 kg
Length — 11 m
Load capacity — 1700 kg
Weight — 2223 kg (empty) 4760 kg (very)
Wingspan — 20 m
The highest speed — 400 km / h
Cruising speed — 160 km / h
Engine: Honeywell TP 331-10 turboprop, 670 kW
Replying to questions in the House of Commons (House of Commons — House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), Defence Minister Phil Hammond said that supply additional 5 MQ-9 will continue. Earlier in 2010, the MOE of England made an order with the manufacturer (GA-ASI) for the supply of the royal air force a certain amount of drones.
Postavkka adopt and start Maintenance these additional aircraft will happen before the end of December. Will also continue and supply of equipment for aircraft maintenance.
According to the minister first three reaper of 5 underwent training tests and are ready to act acceptance of works. Final assembly and ready to use the remaining two reapers planned to finish in the coming two months. Then the new aircraft will be delivered to Afghanistan.
Supply adopt the reapers for the royal Air Force delayed until the end of 2013. English Reaper (MQ-9) working in Afghanistan since 2007, 5 more drones should be located in the theater of military operations until the end of the year
These aircraft have had to stand on the royal arms of the Air Force (RAF — Royal Air Force — Royal Air Force in Britain, was formed April 1, 1918), but delivery was delayed due to the substitution of certain modernization and equipment.
Reapers facing armed RAF, starting in the summer of 2007 did not once flew over the airfield in Kandahar in southern Afghanistan. Initially it was created 39 squadrons that are based on air Nevada Creech (Creech Air Force Base in Nevada).
Aircraft operating in Afghanistan are under the control and direction of RAF — base is in Waddington, in Lincolnshire (Waddington in Lincolnshire). Not so long ago made a further 13 air squadrons.
Battle actions in Afghanistan must be completed by the end of 2014. England gave the military department to realize that can continue to throw drones in theater and use them as an asset intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, even after the announcement of the final deadline for all combat operations.