Air Force doubles MQ-9 procurement expectations for next five years

By Rachel Cohen / July 9, 2018 at 5:15 AM
The Air Force last week revealed plans to buy about 100 MQ-9 Reapers in the next five fiscal years, nearly double the number it projected in budget documents published earlier this year. In its fiscal year 2019 budget request, the service said it required 29 General Atomics-built Reapers in FY-19 and 25 through FY-23 -- totaling 54 MQ-9s across the future years defense plan. But a July 3 sources-sought synopsis indicates a different plan is in the works. "During the...

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