can hunt for targets and observe terrain using a number of sensors,
including a thermal camera. One estimate has the on-board camera able to
read a license plate from two miles (3 km) away.
command takes 1.2 seconds to reach the drone via a satellite link. The
MQ-9 is fitted with six stores pylons. The inner stores pylons can carry
a maximum of 1,500 pounds (680 kilograms) each and allow carriage of
external fuel tanks. The mid-wing stores pylons can carry a maximum of
600 pounds (270 kilograms) each, while the outer stores pylons can carry
a maximum of 200 pounds (90 kilograms) each.
An MQ-9 with two
1,000 pound (450 kilogram) external fuel tanks and a thousand pounds of
munitions has an endurance of 42 hours. The Reaper has an endurance of
14 hours when fully loaded with munitions.
The MQ-9 carries a
variety of weapons including the GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bomb,
the AGM-114 Hellfire II air-to-ground missiles, the AIM-9 Sidewinder,
and recently, the GBU-38 JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition). Tests are
underway to allow for the addition of the AIM-92 Stinger