Air Force to buy new MQ-9s, add capabilities as force needs change

By Rachel Cohen  
February 23, 2018 at 11:12 AM
The Air Force plans to buy 29 new MQ-9 Reapers from General Atomics in fiscal year 2019, largely to replace aircraft lost in combat or those the service expects will be unusable. The FY-19 funding request includes $221.7 million in the base budget for eight aircraft and $339.7 million for 21 aircraft through the Overseas Contingency Operations account, totaling more than half a billion dollars to buy new Reapers. The service also requested $171.5 million for modifications and $119.8 million...

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