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The RQ-29 Vanguard was a stealth drone used by United States Air Force during Day 9. It was designed as a first strike weapon for taking out air defenses, and carried an armament of 6 laser guided AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. It was equipped with latest stealth technology, and it was impossible to track by radar and left no infra-red signature.

Day 9 Edit

9x05 RQ-29 schematic


During Day 9, the United States Air Force lost control of six RQ-29 vanguard drones after Naveed Shabazz used the Defense override module to commandeer them. One was used to take out a CIA team tracking Margot Al-Harazi, before Ian Al-Harazi redirected it above cloud cover to conceal it. He then used the drone to destroy St. Edwards Hospital in an attempt to assassinate Simone Al-Harazi, and used the remainder of its missiles when chasing her across London.

A second RQ-29 drone took out Wembley Stadium in an attempt to assassinate President James Heller. Later, a drone threatened to destroy Waterloo Station before Jack Bauer drove it into the river.

Background information and notes Edit

  • On the radar screen seen in Day 9: 3:00pm-4:00pm, the drones are designated as RG29 instead of RQ-29, and in Day 9: 7:00pm-8:00pm the last drone is designated RF29.
  • Lockheed Martin manufactures the RQ drone series, although there is no RQ-29 model and the "RQ" designation indicates a surveillance drone that carries no weapons. The vehicle seen on the show as the RQ-29 looks identical to the design of the MQ-1 Predator drone from earlier in the season.
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