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Air Force to field Block 5 Reapers in May

By Rachel Cohen  
March 24, 2017 at 12:44 PM
The Air Force confirmed this week it plans to field MQ-9 Block 5 aircraft for combat in May, after the Pentagon's former director of operational test and evaluation called those Reapers operationally ineffective in his fiscal year 2016 report to Congress published Jan. 10. "Multiple fixes have been made so far, to include 'must-fix' deficiency reports identified by Air Combat Command. Fixes will improve reliability and usability of the MQ-9 system," Air Force spokeswoman Capt. Emily Grabowski wrote in an...

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