Recent MQ-9 contract funds 16 new remotely piloted aircraft

By Rachel Cohen  
November 15, 2018 at 2:50 PM
General Atomics' most recent MQ-9 Reaper procurement contract will cover production of 16 remotely piloted aircraft, according to the Air Force. The company on Nov. 5 received $263.4 million to build more Block 5 MQ-9s, which will not feature any new payloads or capabilities, Air Force spokesman Brian Brackens said Nov. 13. Battle-management upgrades to the RPA's synthetic aperture radar are still in the works. A General Atomics spokesman declined to comment. The contractor has delivered 282 Reapers so far,...

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