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General Atomics Wins Over $39Mln Contract to Upgrade MQ-9 Reaper Drones

© Photo : US Air Force / Staff Sgt. Brian FergusonUS MQ-9 Reaper drone in flight
US MQ-9 Reaper drone in flight - Sputnik International
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has received a $39.7 million US Air Force contract to upgrade MQ-9 Reaper Extended Range drones, the US Department of Defense announced.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The company will provide fabrication, delivery and installation of MQ-9 Extended Range retrofit kits, the Defense Department said.

"General Atomics Aeronautical Systems [of] Poway, California, has been awarded a $39.7 million modification… contract for MQ-9 Reaper Extended Range additional procurement effort," the announcement stated on Monday.

The MQ-9 Reaper drone has seen extensive service in the Middle East. Capable of carrying four AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missiles and two guided bombs, it has been widely used throughout the region and has inflicted thousands of casualties.

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