Greece to purchase SeaGuardian MQ-9B UAV amid tensions with Turkey

According to information published by Defence Review on July 6, 2022, the Greek parliament approved new arms programs, one of which is the $400 million acquisition of the SeaGuardian MQ-9B Unmanned aerial vehicle.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 MQ-9B SeaGuardian UAV at UMEX 2022, Abu Dhabi. (Picture source: Army Recognition)

MQ-9B SeaGuardian is the maritime-focused sibling of the revolutionary SkyGuardian remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) that has been missionized using “bolt-on/bolt-off” maritime sensors.

In addition to its Lynx Multi-Mode Radar, advanced electro-optical/infrared sensor, automatic takeoff and landing capability, and the same impressive 79 ft (24m) wingspan as SkyGuardian, SeaGuardian includes a centerline wide-area maritime radar mission kit, and automatic identification system.

SeaGuardian integrates the most advanced maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities and is the first RPAS in its class to enable real-time search and patrol above and below the ocean’s surface.

The MQ-9B Seaguardian has a length of 11.7 meters and wingspans of 24 meters with a maximum gross take-off weight of 5,670 kg and a fuel capacity of 2,721 kg.

It can carry 363 kg of payloads in the fuselage and 1,814 kg of payloads externally. It can fly at a maximum speed of 210 knots with a maximum range of 5,000 NMI at a maximum altitude of 40,000 MSL.

The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System is equipped with precision-guided munitions, Paveway IV laser-guided bomb, and Brimstone 2 air-to-surface missiles.