Roper: Air Force to establish MQ-9 replacement effort in FY-22 budget

By Sara Sirota / March 11, 2020 at 11:33 AM
The Air Force has begun studying options to replace the MQ-9 Reaper and aims to identify a way forward in the fiscal year 2022 budget proposal, a senior official said yesterday. The MQ-9 has flown surveillance and combat missions supporting counterinsurgency operations around the world, but the Air Force revealed last month it will cut the acquisition program short and no longer buy new aircraft after FY-20. The drone will continue supporting warfighters into the 2030s. Air Force acquisition chief...

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