Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS)
MQ-9B SeaGuardian is designed and built from the ground up to meet NATO standards (STANAG-4671), and in cooperation with global authorities, will subsequently meet airworthiness certification standards around the world. The aircraft is provisioned for our state-of-the art Detect and Avoid (DAA) system, which is a key technology for RPAS to fly safely in civil airspace alongside manned aircraft, and the RPAS is controlled by our Certifiable Ground Control Station (CGCS).
Hardware and software upgrades were made to improve structural fatigue and damage tolerance, along with more robust flight control software and enhancements that allow operations in adverse weather, including icing conditions. Additionally, the aircraft is designed to survive bird and lightning strikes.
MQ-9B SeaGuardian is highly modular and is easily configured with a variety of payloads to meet mission requirements from full-spectrum maritime operations to Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) mission payloads, such as Electronic Support Measure (ESM) and Radar Warning Receiver (RWR).
SeaGuardian Technical Specifications
|Perform over-the-horizon long-endurance, medium-altitude Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions.|
|MQ-9B SeaGuardian Mission Kit: (Optional)
|Wing Span:||79 ft (24m)|
|Length:||38 ft (11.7m)|
|Powerplant:||Honeywell TPE331-10 Turboprop|
|Max Gross Takeoff Weight:||12,500 lb (5670 kg)|
|Fuel Capacity:||6,000 lb (2721 kg)|
|Payload Capacity:||4,800 lb (2177 kg) across
9 hardpoints (8 wing, 1 centerline)
800 lb internal (363 kg)
4,000 lb external (1814 kg)
|Backup Power:||2.2 kW|
|Max Altitude:||>40,000 ft MSL|
|Max Endurance:||30+ hrs|
|Max Air Speed:||210 KTAS|
|Over-the-Horizon:||X-, Ku-, or Ka-Band BLOS
Backup BLOS capable