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Aerial drones, specifically the RQ-2 series aerial drones, are unmanned flight vehicles capable of carrying explosive payloads, including nuclear devices. A drone has a maximum speed of approximately 400 miles per hour and is resistant to radar. When loaded with nuclear devices, the optimal detonation altitude is 500 feet above sea level. In addition, the drone needs 500 feet of runway to land.

Day 6 Edit

At 4:31pm, Yuli and some accomplices delivered stolen RQ-2 aerial drones to Dmitri Gredenko and his fellow terrorist cell members. They then outfitted a drone with the components of a suitcase nuclear device as part of a deal with Abu Fayed, a Muslim extremist.

The drone, after the crash landing
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Later, after completing preparations around 7:05pm, Gredenko's programmer, Victor, launched drone number "0709" with San Francisco as his target.

Just prior to 7:34pm, CTU discovered the target and Victor's location at 1530 Hillcrest. Jack Bauer injured Victor and stopped the drone from detonating by crash-landing it in an industrial park on the outskirts of the city.

Day 8 Edit

By Day 8, CTU New York used drones for surveillance. They were armed with countermeasures to intercept rockets. Under the control of drone pilot Arlo Glass, one of the drones failed to launch its anti-ballistics when the terrorist Davros attacked a CTU helicopter; the witness, Victor Aruz, and CTU agents Torres and Johnson were killed ("Day 8: 4:00pm-5:00pm", "Day 8: 5:00pm-6:00pm"). Arlo informed Brian Hastings he would have to disassemble the device physically to determine why it failed. It was later discovered Dana Walsh was a mole for Yuri Suvarov and she was sabotaging CTU's operations.

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Throughout the day, the drones were used for reconnaissance in other operations. When Jack was kidnapped and almost executed by Nantz and his men, the mercenaries were tracked by Arlo, Chloe, and Cole using the drones. They found him under the Williamsburg Bridge and, using a drone, managed to track the cell signal of one of the mercenaries and gave it to President Allison Taylor, who threatened to launch the drone's missiles unless they let Jack escape ("Day 8: 3:00pm-4:00pm").

Background information and notes Edit

  • The drones seen in Season 6 are Scaled Composites Model 396s which is identical to the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk but are half the size. In the show these drones are referred with designation RQ-2.

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