House lawmakers urge Air Force to rethink Reaper procurement plan

By Rachel Cohen  
June 13, 2018 at 4:13 PM
House appropriators are pushing back on the Air Force's request to buy 29 MQ-9 Reapers in fiscal year 2019, arguing the service's procurement plans don't properly address its future aircraft needs. In the House Appropriations defense subcommittee's June 12 report accompanying its version of the FY-19 defense spending bill -- which the full committee passed Wednesday -- lawmakers said buying 24 of General Atomics' remotely piloted aircraft for $487.7 million would be more efficient. Lawmakers cut five MQ-9s, and $74...

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