USAF testers perform first MQ-9A Reaper flight with eight Hellfire missiles

By Sara Sirota / September 29, 2020 at 5:05 PM
The Air Force has conducted the first flight test of the MQ-9A Reaper carrying eight live AGM-114 Hellfire missiles -- twice the number it can currently hold -- to show the remotely piloted aircraft's ability to perform "persistent attack" operations in future conflicts. The 556th Test and Evaluation Squadron, which is part of the service's 53rd Wing, demonstrated the new capability at Creech Air Force Base, NV, on Sept. 10, according to an Air Force news release shared exclusively with...

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