MIL Fear the Reaper...

Discussion in 'On Topic' started by Jyokker, Sep 13, 2006.

  1. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2004
    Messages:
    12,760
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Panama City, FL
    PRESS RELEASE -- Secretary of the Air Force, Office of Public Affairs

    Release No. 040906
    September 12,2006

    "Reaper" moniker given to MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle

    WASHINGTON - The Air Force Chief of Staff announced "Reaper" has been chosen as the name for the MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle.

    The Air Force is the Department of Defense's executive agent for designating and naming military aerospace vehicles.

    In the case of the Reaper, Gen. T. Michael Moseley made the final decision after an extensive nomination and review process, coordinated with the other Services.

    "The name Reaper is one of the suggestions that came from our Airmen in the field. It's fitting as it captures the lethal nature of this new weapon system," Moseley said.

    The MQ-9 Reaper is the Air Force's first hunter-killer UAV. It's larger and more powerful than the MQ-1 Predator and is designed to go after time-sensitive targets with persistence and precision, and destroy or disable those targets with 500-lb. bombs and Hellfire Missiles.

    "The Reaper represents a significant evolution in UAV technology and employment. We've moved from using UAVs primarily in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance roles before Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, to a true hunter-killer role with the Reaper," he said.

    Moseley stressed that the key advantage is not keeping manned aircraft and pilots out of harm's way, but the persistence UAVs can inherently provide. The Reaper can stay airborne for up to 14 hours fully loaded.

    A 900 hp turbo-prop engine, compared to the 119 hp Predator engine, powers the aircraft. It has a 64-foot wingspan and carries more than 15 times the ordnance of the Predator, flying almost three times the Predator's cruise speed.

    The Air Force has seven MQ-9 Reapers in its inventory, with a full-rate production decision expected in 2009.

    The Air Force is the global leader in UAV innovation, Moseley said.

    Early pic when it was called PREDATOR B:
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2006
  2. Ranger-AO

    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2004
    Messages:
    34,662
    Likes Received:
    150
    Location:
    the places in between
  3. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2004
    Messages:
    12,760
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Panama City, FL
    what?
     
  4. Ranger-AO

    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2004
    Messages:
    34,662
    Likes Received:
    150
    Location:
    the places in between
    your mom says hi. :wavey:
     
  5. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2004
    Messages:
    12,760
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Panama City, FL
    Tell her I said to pay me my money.
     
  6. Ranger-AO

    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2004
    Messages:
    34,662
    Likes Received:
    150
    Location:
    the places in between
    she's workin' on it. :coolugh:
     
  7. Isamu

    Isamu New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2005
    Messages:
    1,804
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Freezin's the reason
    very nice.. but UAV ftl.. I am old skool and would rather die in a fighter then sit in an office flying a UAV
     
  8. MrRyan

    MrRyan Gary Johnson 2016 OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2002
    Messages:
    159,095
    Likes Received:
    208
    Location:
    Colorado Part Year Resident
    4th Generation Warfare is where it is at now...and fighters are not part of the picture. Thanks...thank you for nothing is my mantra. 220 Million Dollars for a Fighter? What does that do me, the infantry on the ground doing the mission that only Infantry can do...It gives me one bomb dropper...great...a freaking A10 can do that too and more efficiently. So take your 220 Million Dollar bomb dropper and move the fuck along cause I'd prefer taking that 220 Million Dollars and apply it to something usefull like Training and Equipping a Division of Ground Pounders...think that would be more usefull to the United States than ONE fucking plane...that doesn't even accomplish it's fucking mission in 4th Generation Warefare. Thank you Uncle Sam for Pork Barrel Legislation and conventional warefare planners that couldn't even get OIF right.
     
  9. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2004
    Messages:
    12,760
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Panama City, FL
    So I assume you are for the UAV?
     
  10. MrRyan

    MrRyan Gary Johnson 2016 OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2002
    Messages:
    159,095
    Likes Received:
    208
    Location:
    Colorado Part Year Resident
    I'm for everything that wasn't designed for ariel combat
     
  11. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2004
    Messages:
    12,760
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Panama City, FL
    But if we didn't have at least some ariel combat then the enemy would rape us! :noes:
     
  12. Ranger-AO

    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2004
    Messages:
    34,662
    Likes Received:
    150
    Location:
    the places in between
    taliban kite fliers don't count. :mamoru:
     
  13. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2004
    Messages:
    12,760
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Panama City, FL
    Hez has some UAVs... granite we aren't fighting them at the moment, they are still a threat.
     
  14. MrRyan

    MrRyan Gary Johnson 2016 OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2002
    Messages:
    159,095
    Likes Received:
    208
    Location:
    Colorado Part Year Resident
    Yeah...cause they've been doing a lot of raping lately...
     
  15. ManinCamo

    ManinCamo I wear big boy pants.

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2001
    Messages:
    4,670
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    '01 OG

    I see what you did there...
     
  16. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2004
    Messages:
    12,760
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Panama City, FL
    :h5:
     

Share This Page