Video: Air Force set to deploy the Reaper

posted at 2:07 pm on August 29, 2007 by Bryan

Finally. The Air Force names an airplane the “Reaper.” And it deserves the name.

The Air Force next month will deploy a new generation of pilotless airplane with the bombing power of an F-16 to help stop the stubborn Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan.

The Reaper is an upgraded version of the Predator, which has become one of the military’s most sought-after planes since it first appeared in Afghanistan in 2001. The Reaper can fly three times as fast as a Predator and carry eight times more weaponry, such as Hellfire missiles, the Air Force said.

The Reaper’s greater range and speed make it better suited than the Predator to Afghanistan’s vast, rugged terrain. The Reaper will also be deployed to Iraq. Its speed and arms will let it track and kill moving targets able to elude a Predator, said Brig. Gen. James Poss, director of intelligence for Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base, Va…

The Reaper carries about the same payload as the F-16 but can stay aloft as much as eight times longer than the F-16, which must refuel about every two hours.

“You’ve got a lot of ammo circling overhead on call for short-notice strikes,” said John Pike, director of the military think tank, Globalsecurity. “It seems like a good idea.”

This thing is nearly a full-blown fighter jet, piloted remotely.

Coooool.

Here’s a video about it, courtesy Air Force Report.

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Send in the Drones!!!

Defector01 on August 29, 2007 at 2:11 PM

more new toys got to love em ,any news when we will be getting them to patrol our borders.

Mojack420 on August 29, 2007 at 2:14 PM

“Where des he get those wonderful toys?”

Great piece of equipment

Wyrd on August 29, 2007 at 2:16 PM

C’mon baby. Don’t fear it.

ScottMcC on August 29, 2007 at 2:17 PM

Yee HAA!

Death from above…
Death from above…

er… Remotely

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on August 29, 2007 at 2:18 PM

MORE COW BELL!!

KelliD on August 29, 2007 at 2:21 PM

C’mon baby. Don’t fear it.

ScottMcC on August 29, 2007 at 2:17 PM

Ha! Priceless!

Viewtifulgare on August 29, 2007 at 2:22 PM

John Pike, director of the military think tank, Globalsecurity:

“It seems like a good idea.”

I nominate John Pike for Gentlemanly Understatement of the Year.

Fantastic!

RushBaby on August 29, 2007 at 2:26 PM

It has awesome firepower with a small Carbon Footprint. This is the weapon on which both parties can agree.

Zaire67 on August 29, 2007 at 2:28 PM

Too cool!

Bad Candy on August 29, 2007 at 2:29 PM

I have a twistable joystick and plenty of flight time on-line.

When do I get try it?

Hening on August 29, 2007 at 2:30 PM

News flash Benazir Butto says Musariff is stepping down as military leader

here

William Amos on August 29, 2007 at 2:31 PM

Nice to see my tax dollars at work. NICE!

Kini on August 29, 2007 at 2:31 PM

looks like it needs a long runway for takeoff. It’s gotta be paved also because of the pusher prop. Cool plane. Hopefully, it will kill many Taliban.

PRCalDude on August 29, 2007 at 2:32 PM

Righteous. An unmanned plane (no pilot to train and then risk in combat) with tons of missiles (more is better!) and plenty of speed (to get there fast and get the hell out of there fast).

What’s not to like?

Dark-Star on August 29, 2007 at 2:34 PM

I have a twistable joystick and plenty of flight time on-line.

When do I get try it?

Hening on August 29, 2007 at 2:30 PM

Hahaha, awesome.

Zetterson on August 29, 2007 at 2:34 PM

Instant. Immigration. Enforcement.

Senora Arellano would think twice about sneaking back across.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 29, 2007 at 2:35 PM

I have a twistable joystick and plenty of flight time on-line.

When do I get try it?

Hening on August 29, 2007 at 2:30 PM

So what did you do all day today honey?
Oh, not much. Sat on the computer. Killed Osama.

Zetterson on August 29, 2007 at 2:37 PM

The “Reaper” ought to cure a whole lotta “stubborn”.

kjspeedial on August 29, 2007 at 2:38 PM

Yea, but does it come with power windows, leather seats, and my choice of color? No! We’ll just let the Air Force have it.

24K lady on August 29, 2007 at 2:40 PM

-One to UCAV.
Confirm flight link. Over.

-Flight link confirmed, Talon1
It is good to be
part of the squadron.

-What? Well, well, well. He can talk.

-Big deal. I know a guy’s BMW,
does exactly the same thing.

-Wait up. Hold on.

-What the hell is he doing?

-Here he comes. Here he comes.

-I think little brother
is messing with us.

-UCAV, your position is always
on my starboard side.

-Other starboard.

-That’s hot.

-Got no heart, but it sure can fly.
That’s not bad for a tin man.

-EDI, it’s official. You got a call sign.
UCAV “Tin Man” EDI, the first.

Yeah, Stealth was a box office bomb; but, I still like it.

allie on August 29, 2007 at 2:43 PM

(no pilot to train and then risk in combat)

Dark-Star on August 29, 2007 at 2:34 PM

It still needs a trained pilot…one that just doesn’t sit inside the thing, that’s all.

James on August 29, 2007 at 2:44 PM

Is War Games II on the horizon?

I wonder what Matthew Broderick’s up to?

mattshu on August 29, 2007 at 2:44 PM

Bang bang – Feuer Frei.

journeyscarab on August 29, 2007 at 2:57 PM

Air Force Hooah!

drmanyee on August 29, 2007 at 3:06 PM

Drones deployed, women and minorities hardest hit

LOL

Defector01 on August 29, 2007 at 3:13 PM

mattshu on August 29, 2007 at 2:44 PM

Nah, Skynet will become self-aware and decide our fate in a millisecond.

James on August 29, 2007 at 3:14 PM

I don’t know about this manless aircraft thing. Couldn’t we at least strap a Pentagon Lawyer to the outside of each one?

PatrickS on August 29, 2007 at 3:29 PM

You can run, but you’ll just die tired!

CurtZHP on August 29, 2007 at 3:39 PM

PatrickS on August 29, 2007 at 3:29 PM

Ha! If we could strap Rosie under a wing, we could treat them to a pork bomb. A double defeat!

Guardian on August 29, 2007 at 3:45 PM

Ha! If we could strap Rosie under a wing, we could treat them to a pork bomb. A double defeat!

Guardian on August 29, 2007 at 3:45 PM

Like it could ever get off the ground. :|

PatrickS on August 29, 2007 at 3:53 PM

The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys…

Hmmmmmmmm…wonder if those SOB’S will run out of those virgin things…???

areseaoh on August 29, 2007 at 3:56 PM

Awsome

congsan on August 29, 2007 at 3:58 PM

Almost a sneaky as a roadside bomb.

saiga on August 29, 2007 at 4:00 PM

I welcome our new robot overlords.

Mazztek on August 29, 2007 at 4:10 PM

hey Mookie et.al.

observe the stars and bars on the incomming.

C

pk on August 29, 2007 at 4:31 PM

Wow! Would Santa bring me one of those for Christmas?

Jonas Parker on August 29, 2007 at 4:37 PM

Hmmmm, manless and drops bombs,

We should name it “Rosie the Reaper”.

fogw on August 29, 2007 at 4:38 PM

They need a version that can nuke an entire site from orbit.

It’s the only way to be sure.

quax1 on August 29, 2007 at 4:50 PM

Don’t fear the Re…

On second thought, if you’re fighting against the USA… be afraid. Be VERY afraid.

The Monster on August 29, 2007 at 5:01 PM

Grunt: Mr. Zawahiri sir, we’ve seen the enemy and…

Zawa: And? What is it you dolt!

Grunt: They’re not even HUMAN!

Zawa: Great merciful Allah!

BKennedy on August 29, 2007 at 5:33 PM

I can hear it now, that voice from behind the curtain… freeze gopher!

Zorro on August 29, 2007 at 6:05 PM

Oh hell yes! This thing is going to kill alot of Islamists and that is always a good thing!!!

Yakko77 on August 29, 2007 at 6:05 PM

get some!!

“The Reaper carries about the same payload as the F-16 but can stay aloft as much as eight times longer than the F-16, which must refuel about every two hours.”

:thumbsup:

trailortrash on August 29, 2007 at 6:10 PM

“You’ve got a lot of ammo circling overhead on call for short-notice strikes,”

How “short-notice” are we talking about given current ROE? I can just imagine this bird repeatedly flying in circles for days while we get the proper authority (above God, that is) to take out a target.

I don’t think there’s a gas tank big enough for their missions. Ah well, Reaper’s nice to look at and demo’s well so there’s always hope.

CliffHanger on August 29, 2007 at 6:58 PM

I was just telling a guy on the bus about the Reaper today. He said he hated UAV’s. I told him to look this up and get back to me.

BadgerHawk on August 29, 2007 at 7:09 PM

Bang bang – Feuer Frei.

journeyscarab on August 29, 2007 at 2:57 PM

Great song. You can imagine the remote pilots playing it at full volume while fragging jihadis.

bikermailman on August 29, 2007 at 7:23 PM

I can just imagine this bird repeatedly flying in circles for days while we get the proper authority (above God, that is) to take out a target.

CliffHanger on August 29, 2007 at 6:58 PM

I’ve always found it simpler to ask forgiveness than request permission.

Oldnuke on August 29, 2007 at 7:30 PM

Hmmmm, manless and drops bombs. We should name it “Rosie the Reaper”.

LOL! But Rosie’s bombs are dumb bombs, not smart bombs.

Splashman on August 29, 2007 at 7:48 PM

The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys…

Hmmmmmmmm…wonder if those SOB’S will run out of those virgin things…???

areseaoh on August 29, 2007 at 3:56 PM

Oh man, I’m gonna get that engraved on something! Priceless.

Codec717 on August 29, 2007 at 8:00 PM

I think this will be deploying next year…

redshirt on August 29, 2007 at 8:38 PM

Actually, all we really need is this!

redshirt on August 29, 2007 at 8:42 PM

Come on baby… And we had no fear
And we ran to him… Then we started to fly
We looked backward and said goodbye
We had become like they are
We had taken his hand
We had become like they are

Come on baby…don’t fear the reaper

Step right up and get your ticket punched by a kinder, gentler killing machine. Tastes great! Less filling. God bless America.

Mojave Mark on August 29, 2007 at 8:45 PM

More flash and little bang. What good does all this high tech killtastic stuff do when a hundred taliban are found in one spot in the open and the US military choses not to fire on them because it seems to be a funeral?

Our problem is not a lack of means, it is a lack of will. We keep creating better and better means to send our enemies to paradise, but we have yet to develop the will to use them.

jihadwatcher on August 29, 2007 at 9:10 PM

Yes and no, JihadWatcher. A few days ago our Guys in A-stan called in an airstrike and took out over 100 A.Q./Talibanis. But your point is well taken.

Tony737 on August 29, 2007 at 10:14 PM

Redshirt, 36,000 feet per second on that rod weapon is pretty freakin’ cool! By the way, are you a Navy Ordie? I was an Air Force Ammo guy.

Tony737 on August 29, 2007 at 10:20 PM

Tony737 on August 29, 2007 at 10:20 PM

Never in the Navy, why do you ask? the nic is a star trek ref. Wouldn’t you love to see one of these things impact? I mean from a few miles away,of course!

redshirt on August 29, 2007 at 10:38 PM

Excellent,but where is the Reapers wingman.

I’m still waiting for the lasers weapon platform in
geo sync orbit above Iran to send iminadinnerjacketcrazyguy
a message the next time he tries something stupid.

canopfor on August 29, 2007 at 10:57 PM

But is it equipped with enough cow bell?

Nosferightu on August 29, 2007 at 11:12 PM

But is it equipped with enough cow bell?

Nosferightu on August 29,2007 at 11:12

Your right i overlooked the cowbell.he he.

canopfor on August 29, 2007 at 11:35 PM

I admire the Reaper, but what I really want is a herd of remote-controlled mechanical cockroaches with which to explore Iran’s presidential palaces and find “President” Ahmadinejad. Also on my wish list is a herd of twitchy-fingered teenagers to “drive” the herd of mechroaches. It seems fair to set a bounty of $100,000 for first blood and $100 per nibble in the subsequent feeding frenzy.

Kralizec on August 30, 2007 at 12:31 AM

Yeah Baby!

Nothing will ever completely replace human pilots for some combate missions, “we’re” just too good at adapting to new conditions.

But Yeah Baby!

doufree on August 30, 2007 at 10:22 AM

cool, but why not take one of the jet engines from a T-38 and make it super-sonic? plus stealth-quiet sound, etc.?

urbancenturion on September 10, 2007 at 12:09 AM

(sorry for how long it took to get back to this)

urbancenturion on September 10, 2007 at 12:10 AM