Air Force To Acquire Fleet Of 346 Reapers By FY-21, 55 Fewer Than Planned

By James Drew / March 6, 2014 at 7:41 PM
The Air Force is trying to reduce annual spending on MQ-9 medium-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft by spreading procurement across the future years with an end goal of having a fleet of 346 Reapers by fiscal year 2021, according to the service's FY-15 budget request. This final fleet quantity falls short of the service's long-term planning in FY-13 and FY-14, with budget justification documents from those years projecting a total fleet of 401 MQ-9 Reapers. An FY-15 budget overview...

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