MQ-9 Reaper

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has received its tactical cross-domain technology, eXMeritus HardwareWall, from Boeing for installation into the ground control station (GCS) of the Predator/Reaper remotely piloted vehicle (RPV).

The delivery is part of a GA-ASI contract award, which involves the procurement of additional HardwareWall systems, as well as associated information assurance and engineering support, and is a part of US Air Force’s (USAF) GCS modernisation programme.

The eXMeritus HardwareWall will provide enhanced capability for intelligence analysts and military personnel, enabling them to access secure videos and imagery from the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper operating at different security levels.

Boeing Intelligence Systems Group director Jonathan Moneymaker said: "Our solution provides fast, secure transfer of real-time Predator information, enabling greater collaboration and information sharing across multiple secure networks."

Whilst the technology has been validated, certified and accredited by sponsoring agencies, it has also been selected by Unified Cross Domain Management Office Baseline.

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By GlobalData

The MQ-1 Predator is a medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft system with a fully operational system consisting of four air vehicles, a ground control station and a primary satellite link communication suite.

The MQ-9 Reaper is a medium-to-high altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft system designed for performing close air support, air interdiction and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

The vehicle can also carry the GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bomb, the AGM-114 Hellfire II air-to-ground missile, air-to-air missiles, and the GBU-38 joint direct attack munition (JDAM).

The Reaper uses several kinds of sensors, including a thermal camera, and has six stores pylons that can carry a maximum of 4,600lb of weapons and external fuel tanks.

Both the Predator and Reaper provide tactical and strategic intelligence to operational commanders across the globe.

Image: MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted vehicle takes off on a mission in Afghanistan. Photo: courtesy of US Air Force.