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Reaper UAV rains down Brimstone

Mar. 27, 2014 - 03:14PM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
Training to hunt
An MQ-9 Reaper flies above Creech Air Force Base, Nev. The Reaper successfully test fired several Brimstone missiles. (Air Force)
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Brimstone missiles have been fired from MQ-9 Reapers, according to Brimstone manufacturer MBDA.

"Brimstone scored nine direct hits in a range of very challenging scenarios including static, accelerating, weaving, fast and very fast remotely controlled targets," reads an MBDA news release. "Two of the more challenging scenarios were against trucks traveling at 70 MPH in a crossing target scenario."

The missiles were typically launched from 20,000 feet and at a range of 7 to 12 kilometers. Guidance was by both manual control and auto-tracking by laser and radar seekers.

The demonstration flights were performed the U.S. Navy's Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. The tests were sponsored by the Royal Air Force’s Air Warfare Center Unmanned Air Systems Test and Evaluation Squadron, the U.S. Air Force’s BIG SAFARI agency, Reaper manufacturer General Atomics, and MBDA.

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