Marine Corps shifts Reaper's purpose to focus on 'great power competition'

By Audrey Decker / September 16, 2021 at 4:27 PM
The Marine Corps is shifting the purpose of the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial system to move away from counterinsurgency. “We’re going to be experimenting with different payloads and sensors as we look to operate the MQ-9 in a different manner from where it was in the past, focusing on counterinsurgency, to great power competition,” Col. Kevin Murray said today in a virtual conference hosted by Defense One . The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing recently procured its first Reaper, the Marine...

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