MQ-9A Reaper

US Reaper air strike in Afghanistan kills two ISIS-K members

An air strike using a General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9A Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle was carried out by the US military on August 28, targeting ISIS-K militants in Afghanistan

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USAF releases report into MQ-9A crash in Africa

A newly released USAF Abbreviated Aircraft Accident Investigation Board report has revealed the previously unreported loss of an MQ-9A Reaper RPAS in an unspecified location in the US Africa Command Area of Responsibility on June 24, 2020

French Reaper launches GBU-12 for the first time in Niger

The French Air and Space Force announced on August 24 that it has for the first time launched a GBU-12 laser-guided munition from an MQ-9A Reaper Block 5 during an operational mission

GA-ASI rolls out first MQ-9A Reaper for the RNLAF

During a ceremony at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems production facility in Poway, California, on July 7; the first MQ-9A Reaper UAV for the Royal Netherlands Air Force – serial M-001 – was formally unveiled

GA-ASI awarded additional contract for French MQ-9 programme

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has been awarded a US$79.4m order to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery, indefinite quantity contract for France’s MQ-9 Block 5 aircraft programme

US extends support for Spanish MQ-9A drones

The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Spain of follow-on contractor logistics support for MQ-9A Block 5 UAVs and related equipment for an estimated cost of $110m

USAF tests new Ghost Reaper capabilities on MQ-9A

Enhanced capabilities for the USAF’s General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) MQ-9A Reaper RPAS fleet are being tested by the New York Air National Guard’s 174th Attack Wing

Airbus nets space-based communications contracts from UK MOD

Airbus has been awarded a series of contracts during Q1 2021 from the UK MOD both as part of its programme of upgrading services for the Skynet 5 military satcom capability and continued work with the MOD’s Defence Digital organisation

USAF deploys MQ-9A Reapers to Romania

The USAF has deployed an undisclosed number of MQ-9A Reaper remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) and approximately 90 airmen to Romania’s 71st Air Base in Câmpia Turzii

Spain receives final two MQ-9A Block 5 RPAs

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) delivered the last two MQ-9A Block 5 remotely piloted aircraft and final ground control station to the Spanish Air Force on November 23