MQ-9 Reaper

Mountain Secure Systems (MSS) has completed delivery of removable, ruggedised, solid state drives (SSDs) to a US defence contractor for use on the MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft (RPA).

The hot swappable SSDs feature mini mil-circular connectors, +28VDC power, electromagnetic interference (EMI) filters, and captive thumb screws for docking. The SSDs are scheduled to be installed into a MQ-9 Reaper pod system.

Mountain Secure Systems general manager Ken Dickson said: "Our ruggedised data storage solutions have been extremely dependable for both commercial and military customers."

"MSS’ ruggedised data storage solutions have been extremely dependable for both commercial and military customers."

The removable 2.5in SATA memory devices mate with a customised docking bay, and are claimed to be environmentally sealed for protection against rapid decompression, EMI, humidity, dust, salt fog, immersion, and condensation, among other factors.

The Phillips Service Industries’ subsidiary did not disclose the name of the recipient.

Manufacturing of the MQ-9 Reaper is carried out by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. The medium-to-high altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft system (UAS) is designed to offer a unique capability to perform strike, coordination, and reconnaissance against high-value, fleeting, and time-sensitive targets.

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The armed, multi-mission drone is powered by a Honeywell TPE331-10GD turboprop engine. It can conduct intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, close air support, and combat search missions, as well as rescue, precision strike, buddy-laser, convoy / raid overwatch, route clearance, target development, and terminal air guidance missions.

The UAS is primarily designed for the US Air Force. It is also used by the US Navy, Central Intelligence Agency, Customs and Border Protection, Nasa, and the Italian and UK Air Forces.

Image: A MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, US. Photo: courtesy of United States Air Force photo by Senior Airman Larry E Reid Jr.