General Atomics: Air Force considering MQ-9 recap to carry fleet into 2040s

By Rachel Cohen  
February 3, 2017 at 11:00 AM
General Atomics is pushing the Air Force to consider recapitalizing its MQ-9 Reaper fleet rather than retrofitting Block 1 aircraft that have exceeded their service lives, a proposal the Air Force seems willing to pursue, a company official told Inside the Air Force this week. Chris Pehrson, vice president of Defense Department strategic development, said in a Feb. 1 phone interview the company is actively pursuing an MQ-9 modernization program and has been in conversations with the Air Force...

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