A recent video posted to twitter show what appears to be a MQ-9 Reaper having been shot down by the Huthi rebels. If so is the US directly involved
now with assisting the House of Sauds war in yemen? Lets face it the Saudi's conduct is starting to look more and more like genocide.
Stupid question. How would they take the drone out? I'd assume the drone would be flying at a high altitude and would any hand held surface to air
missile be able to lock onto such a small object? AA gun perhaps ? Genuine question .. just curious
Reapers are in the MALE family, meaning they're medium altitude aircraft. While they can get as high as 50,000 feet, they operate well below
that on missions. There are a few MANPADS that can reach up to where they operate, and any kind of true SAM can hit them.
Aircraft like the Reaper are designed to operate in low to medium threat areas, like Afghanistan and Iraq. That's one reason they operate at lower
altitudes. Most are actually considered MALE aircraft though. It's not easy to build a true HALE aircraft.
a reply to: Zaphod58
Thanks again for the insight. I was going to ask the meaning of MALE and HALE .. MALE being Medium Altitude Long Endurance and HALE being High
Altitude Long Endurance. Wow I actually looked something up myself for once
When you get into a HALE platform, you're getting into really high end sensors, and strategic ISR, which is something most nations don't need nearly
as much as they do tactical ISR. So there aren't many HALE platforms in use.
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