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In the United States began flights of the first serial impact UAV MQ-9B SkyGuardian

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In the United States began flights of the first serial impact UAV MQ-9B SkyGuardian

In the United States, flight tests of the first production version of the MQ-9B SkyGuardian Certified Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) began. The first flight took place on March 30, 2020 at the airport of the enterprise in El Mirage in California and was recognized as fully successful.


The drone was developed by the American company General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, the company intends to certify the first production version of the MQ-9B SkyGuardian and began its flight tests. The ultimate goal of the test program is to bring the attack drone to the possibility of registering the air authorities of the United States and some European countries, after which it will be allowed to fly in general with manned air vehicles in the airspace.

The MQ-9B mid-altitude drone was developed on the basis of the MQ-9 Reaper drone, its first flight took place at the end of 2016. Unlike the basic version of the MQ-9 Reaper, the SkyGuradian drone is equipped with an anti-icing system and a system for preventing collisions in the air with the TCAS aviation standard. In addition, the device is equipped with advanced automatic take-off and landing system and reconnaissance optoelectronic and infrared high-definition video system.

The device is capable of flying at speeds up to 388 kilometers per hour and at an altitude of up to 14 thousand meters. Flight duration is up to 35 hours. The device is equipped with a modular weapons control system that allows operators to launch proprietary rockets from it.

It is assumed that their first operator, along with the United States, will be Britain. The military departments of Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and Australia also showed interest in acquiring UAVs.
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  1. askort154
    askort154 April 2 2020 15: 53 New
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    Launch UAVs into the common airspace? Madness
    1. Blackmokona
      Blackmokona April 2 2020 16: 04 New
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      Why madness? Everything seems to be normal
    2. Teberii
      Teberii April 2 2020 16: 06 New
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      Good disguise as civilian vessels.
      1. KVU-NSVD
        KVU-NSVD April 2 2020 16: 19 New
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        Quote: Teberii
        Good disguise as civilian vessels.

        Previously, nothing prevented them from hiding in the "shadow" of civilian aircraft ..
        1. sanches-nk
          sanches-nk April 2 2020 16: 55 New
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          You compare the speed.
          1. grandfather_Kostya
            grandfather_Kostya April 2 2020 19: 02 New
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            On the same track with the "corn" will be able to fly.
            1. Saxahorse
              Saxahorse April 2 2020 23: 26 New
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              Yeah, corn farmers fly at flocks 14 km high :)
              1. grandfather_Kostya
                grandfather_Kostya April 3 2020 08: 32 New
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                Above 12.5 km there are no civilian sides, fly nihachuu !!!
    3. Grigory_45
      Grigory_45 April 2 2020 17: 06 New
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      Quote: askort154
      Launch UAVs into the common airspace? Madness

      Global Hawk has been flying for a long time. They are even tracked by transponders
      1. askort154
        askort154 April 3 2020 07: 46 New
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        Grigory_45
        Global Hawk has been flying for a long time. They are even tracked by transponders

        The transponder can be attached to any "crow", this is not a problem.
        The problem is that this UAV will be a "headache" for all services providing flights on airways, including for crews.
        In order to fly from point “A” to point “B”, a plan for the upcoming flight is prepared in advance and sent to all support services on this route located in those countries through which the flight route will run. At the same time, when performing such a flight, it is often necessary to change the parameters included in the “preliminary flight plan” due to weather conditions (the wind has changed from the calculated one, there is a need to bypass a thunderstorm, change the flight level, etc.) And all this is done as a whole crew and dispatching services on the highway. What, dispatchers will control the UAV along the highway - "scout", or "drummer"? Stupidity! ICAO will never agree to allow UAVs to fly on international air routes. Who will take responsibility for the collision of a UAV with a passenger plane ?! Recall the clash of “Boeing” on the borders of Germany and Switzerland (and this is not one case, I can remember a dozen more)
        The only thing that is possible is the allocation of individual BTs specially equipped for flying only UAVs, but in no case, not by common ones.
        (in a nutshell, but I can still argue a lot). hi
        1. Grigory_45
          Grigory_45 April 3 2020 10: 07 New
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          Global Hawks go above the echelons of GA
          1. askort154
            askort154 April 3 2020 10: 18 New
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            Gregory_45 ...Global Hokey go above the echelons.

            To be on the echelon, you need to "climb" on it, and then it will decrease, and this is hundreds of kilometers. in different air zones. Yes, and closer to the equator, thunderstorm centers reach 15-20 km. I'm not talking about the failures on board the UAV. As you know, the more complex the technique, the greater the possibility of failures. Man has not yet created a single trouble-free aircraft. hi
  2. KVU-NSVD
    KVU-NSVD April 2 2020 16: 17 New
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    Skaigardian - Heavenly guard ... The analogy with The Guardian is immediately straightforward - it seems like a fantastic story from Bradley ..
  3. Saxahorse
    Saxahorse April 2 2020 23: 27 New
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    I really do not like the figure of 14000 meters in height. Neither the Shell nor the Torah will get it there. The drone imperceptibly so, rises a class higher, it can only remove heavy air defense, even Buk is not a fact that it will reach the limit of range. Only C-350..C400 will have to be hollowed.
    1. Stalllker
      Stalllker April 3 2020 03: 44 New
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      The shell has a ceiling of 15 km, like with new missiles total higher. And this "airplane" is not designed for a "war with Russia." Rather, against the Papuans from the air defense of the 50s, where you need to carry democracy or calm those who are dissatisfied with this democracy
      1. Saxahorse
        Saxahorse April 3 2020 22: 22 New
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        Quote: Stalllker
        The shell has a ceiling of 15 km, like with new missiles total higher.

        Here, with an ambush range, from 14 km a planning bomb for 50-70 km will fly away. With increasing altitude, the drone's attack range increases.
        1. Stalllker
          Stalllker April 4 2020 06: 03 New
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          There are other means of destruction. The essence of the Papuans does not change