Tech Photo of the Day: The MQ-9 Reaper

MQ-9 reaper

This ladies and gentlemen is the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle. The Reaper is currently deployed over the skies of Afghanistan (and occasionally Pakistan).

Not content with just spying on the bad guys like it’s older brother the Predator, the Reaper is used to actively hunt down Taliban insurgents and Al Qaeda terrorists with it’s 4 hellfire air-to-ground missiles and 2 laser-guided bombs.

The Reaper is 36ft long, has a wingspan of 20ft, normally flies up to 25,000 ft high at speeds of up to 250mph, and can stay in the air for up to 28 hours. Unit cost is around $8m.

High-tech American gadgetry keeping the terrorists cowering in caves instead of planning attacks on civilians around the world. I love it!