General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper
The General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper is an American multipurpose unmanned aerial drone manufactured by General Atomics. Six sorties of MQ-9 Reapers participated in the first phase of Operation Yashiori during the climax of the 2016 Toho film Shin Godzilla.
Operation Yashiori was a plan devised by Rando Yaguchi's team to stop Godzilla before the United States could drop a nuclear weapon on him, which would destroy Tokyo in the process. In the first phase of this plan, MQ-9 Reaper drones from the U.S. Air Force base in Yokota launched bombs and missiles at Godzilla. As he did against the earlier Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit attack, Godzilla discharged rays from his dorsal fins in response. During the first four sorties, the drones' weapons were destroyed before they could reach him, and the drones themselves followed soon thereafter. However, this was the point: to trick Godzilla into wasting his energy. After the fourth sortie, Godzilla was no longer able to produce rays from his back, and the fifth sortie's attack hit him with full force. To the surprise of onlookers, he switched to using his oral ray and a second beam from the mouth on his tail, which were able to wipe out the fifth and sixth sorties. After that, Godzilla was forced to cease his counterattack, and the second phase of the plan could begin.
Features and Weapons
- The MQ-9 Reaper's 950-shaft-horsepower (712 kW) turboprop engine allows it to fly at speeds of up to 300 miles per hour.
- The MQ-9 Reaper is fitted with the Multi-Spectral Targeting System, which includes an infrared sensor, two TV cameras, a laser range finder and designator, and a laser illuminator.
- The M-Q9 Reaper can be armed with 4 AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-ground missiles and two laser-guided bombs.
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