Inside the Air Force - August 10, 2018

USAF: MQ-9B procurement more expensive, riskier than other options

By Rachel Cohen  
August 9, 2018 at 3:39 PM
A recent Air Force analysis found buying Block 5 MQ-9A Reapers is a smarter investment than procuring General Atomics' newer MQ-9B, which costs more and lacks worthwhile capabilities, a congressional source tells Inside Defense . The findings are the result of a review required by the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that told the Air Force to determine whether it should buy the MQ-9B or continue upgrading older Reapers to a more recent configuration. However, neither of those...

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