Air Force orders four MQ-9 Block 5 unmanned attack drones and mobile control stations in $123.3 million contract
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio – Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designers at General Atomics in Poway, Calif., will provide the U.S. Air Force with four new MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper attack drones and four mobile ground-control stations under terms of a $123.3 million contract announced on Thursday, according to John Keller of Military & Aerospace Electronics.
The Intelligent Aerospace take:
March 26, 2019-The human element isn't leaving the U.S. Air Force anytime soon, but the risk to pilots continues to lessen for airmen as remotely piloted aircraft continue to prove popular and effective among American warfighters. Compared to the MQ-9 Reaper Block 1 models, the Reaper Block 5 unmanned aircraft has increased electrical power, secure communications, auto land, increased gross takeoff weight, weapons growth, and streamlined payload integration capabilities. Pilots traveling with the Reaper use the mobile ground control station to launch and land the aircraft, while U.S.-based pilots handle most of the flying and weapons delivery.
Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
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