The MQ-9B SkyGuardian is an enhanced variant of the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

The SkyGuardian has obtained the highest level of certification for an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

It has an endurance of over 40 hours and a maximum range of approximately 6,000 nautical miles, making it capable of conducting long-duration missions and extended-range operations

It can be armed with a variety of weapons, such as air-to-ground missiles, guided bombs, and laser-guided munitions, providing it with the ability to engage and neutralize targets on the ground

The MQ-9B SkyGuardian is designed as a versatile platform capable of performing a wide range of missions, including intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR), close air support, and armed attack

The SkyGuardian has an increased payload capacity compared to earlier Reaper variants, allowing for the integration of a larger assortment of sensors, payloads, and mission-specific equipment

Advanced Sensor Suite: The Indian Air Force MQ-9B SkyGuardian UAV is equipped with a wide range of sensors, including EO/IR sensors, maritime surveillance radar, AIS receiver, and SAR, enabling effective intelligence gathering and surveillance.

The MQ-9B SkyGuardian incorporates a satellite communication (SATCOM) system, enabling beyond-line-of-sight operation and communication with remote command and control centers

It features an automatic takeoff and landing capability, reducing the need for a dedicated runway and allowing for more flexible deployment options

The MQ-9B SkyGuardian has attracted international interest and has been selected by several countries for their unmanned aerial system requirements, including India!