On November 22, 2022, a Basic Atomics Aeronautical Methods, Inc. (GA-ASI) MQ-9A Remotely Piloted Plane that’s on lease from GA-ASI to India’s Navy accomplished its 10,000th flight hour in assist of India nationwide safety missions. The ten,000-flight hour mark has been achieved by two MQ-9As being operated by the Indian Navy throughout a interval of just about precisely two years, with the maiden flight of MQ-9A happening on November 21, 2020. The MQ-9As are provided to India by GA-ASI as a part of a Firm-Owned, Firm-Operated (COCO) lease settlement. GA-ASI is the world’s main producer of RPA methods, radars, and electro-optic and associated mission methods options.

“The Indian Armed Forces have been impressed by the MQ-9A’s over-the-horizon ISR assist for floor items and Indian warships, in addition to the distinctive endurance and operational availability of the platform. Our MQ-9As have helped the Indian Navy to cowl over 14 million sq. miles of working space,” stated GA-ASI CEO Linden Blue. “.”


The turboprop-powered, multi-mission MQ-9A Remotely Piloted Plane (RPA) was developed with GA-ASI funding and first flown in 2001. MQ-9A “Reaper” is a extremely subtle improvement constructed on the expertise gained with the corporate’s battle-proven Predator RPA and is a significant evolutionary leap ahead in general efficiency and reliability. MQ-9As are operated by the USA, the UK, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain. GA-ASI’s newer MQ-9B variant has been acquired by the UK and on order for Belgium. The MQ-9B maritime surveillance configuration (SeaGuardian®) just lately started operations in assist of the Japan Coast Guard.

MQ-9A is powered by the flight-certified and confirmed Honeywell TPE331-10 turboprop engine, built-in with Digital Digital Engine Management (DEEC), which considerably improves engine efficiency and gasoline effectivity, significantly at low altitudes. That includes unmatched operational flexibility, MQ-9A has an endurance of over 27 hours, speeds of 240 KTAS, can function as much as 50,000 toes, and has a 3,850 pound (1746 kilogram) payload capability. MQ-9A is able to carrying a number of mission payloads to incorporate: Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR), Lynx® Multi-mode Radar, multi-mode maritime surveillance radar, Digital Assist Measures (ESM), laser designators, and varied weapons and payload packages.