Tag: MQ-9 Reaper

Too Many in the Stack: A-10 pilot tells the story of a night, risky mission flown in bad weather, in congested airspace
One A-10 pilot who almost collided with a UAV when it arrived in his airspace unannounced commented, 'This thing hits me and I have to eject over who knows where, while the Predator operator simply sets down his cup of coffee!' The A-10 Thunderbolt II, or the ‘Warthog’, is the world’s premier close air support aircraft. Originally designed to thwart the...
MQ-9 Reaper Drone gets first air-to-air kill
The MQ-9 has made its first air-to-air kill by shooting down another drone using a heat-seeking missile in a test The MQ-9 has made its first air-to-air kill by shooting down another drone using a heat-seeking missile in a test. The test was carried out in November 2017, Col. Julian Cheater, commander of the 432nd Wing at Creech Air Force Base,...
Last flight for USAF MQ-1 Predator
Aligned with Air Force tradition, firefighters stood by after the local flight and greeted the MQ-1 with a water salute using two firetrucks to commemorate the occasion The U.S. Air Force retired the MQ-1 at Creech Air Force Base (AFB) on Mar. 9 after more than 20 years of service. The MQ-1 ceremony included the final local flight by the Airmen...
AFRL integrates AgilePod on Scorpion light attack aircraft
The test focused only on demonstrating the speed of integrating the AgilePod on the Scorpion with short notice. Airworthiness, ground integration and communication tests need to occur before it can be tested in flight The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) AgilePod multi-sensor reconfigurable pod was recently integrated on Textron Aviation Defense’s Scorpion light attack ISR aircraft. The Lego-like prototype pod...
After scanning the areas around the targets to ensure no civilians were present the Typhoon pair struck the targets with a total of six Paveway IV precision guided munitions On Sep. 23, 2017 a pair of Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon fighter aircraft flew for eight hours and 36 minutes on a mission against Da’esh which saw them attack and destroy...
Video shows MQ-9 Reaper being shot down in Yemen by Houthi Forces
“A military source said (Houthi) air defense shot down a U.S. MQ-9 surveillance drone in Jader area in the Sanaa province,” Houthi-controlled state news agency SABA Taken on Oct. 1, 2017 the following video shows an American MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) shot down by Yemen’s Houthi forces over Sanaa. As reported by Reuters the Houthi movement and its ally former...
Video gamers are better than GA pilots as UAV operators
This research comes in the wake of military and civilian drones proliferation which has created a growing demand for qualified UAV pilots As reported by Airspacemag.com, a study conducted by University of Liverpool found that video gamers are much better than general aviation pilots as operators of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). During the research forensic psychologist Jacqueline Wheatcroft at the University...
MQ-9 Reaper
For the past 10 years MQ-9 aircrew have been employing AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and GBU-12 laser-guided bombs, but the JDAM brings new global positioning system capabilities to the warfighters An MQ-9 Reaper recently dropped a GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) at a range, adding another weapon to the drone’s arsenal. "We had a great opportunity to drop the first live...