MQ-9B SeaGuardian Drone: Advanced Maritime Surveillance

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MQ-9B SeaGuardian Drone
MQ-9B SeaGuardian Drone

In the fight against long-range weaponry, the US is taking a new approach with the MQ-9B SeaGuardian drone.

This maritime marvel, developed by General Atomics from the Predator B lineage, offers extended patrols and real-time maritime awareness for military and civilian applications.

The SeaGuardian boasts a 30+ hour flight time, enabled by satellite control and a powerful turboprop engine. With a range of over 5,750 miles and a 40,000-foot ceiling, this drone can survey vast areas.

MQ-9B SeaGuardian Drone
MQ-9B SeaGuardian Drone (General Atomics)

Its modular design allows for quick sensor swaps, transforming it from a reconnaissance platform to a potential targeting system for long-range weapons, as recently announced by General Atomics and Lockheed Martin.

Designed for maritime operations, the SeaGuardian drone is undergoing upgrades to enhance its intelligence-gathering capabilities.

While specifics remain under wraps, the drone will utilize Raytheon’s SeaVue multi-role radar alongside its existing sensor suite.

Initial testing involved flights with F/A-18 jets at a Southern California range, demonstrating the SeaGuardian’s potential to improve ISR&T missions and safeguard manned aircraft. Previously used only in exercises, the drone is set to raise on overwater range tests to validate its capabilities at sea.

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