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    Airman 1st Class Steven (left) and Airman 1st Class Taylor prepare an MQ-9 Reaper for flight during exercise Combat Hammer, May 15, 2014, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. Reaper crews flew a week-long mission, where they released the GBU-12 Paveway II and AGM-114 Hellfire munitions. Steven and Taylor are MQ-9 Reaper crew chiefs from the 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.

    General Atomics Receives Contract to Boost Range of MQ-9 Reaper Drones

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    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has received a US Air Force contract to boost the range of 10 MQ-9 Reaper drones.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has received a more than $12 million US Air Force contract to boost the range of 10 MQ-9 Reaper drones, the Department of Defense announced.

    "General Atomics, Aeronautical Systems [of] Poway, California has been awarded a $12.2 million… contract…[to] fabricate 10 … MQ-9 Block 5 extended range installation kits [and] MQ-9 Block 5… Asymmetric Digital Datalink Computer installation kits," the announcement said on Monday.

    General Atomics will also provide 10 MQ-9 Beyond Line of Sight installation kits and other equipment to upgrade the drones, the Defense Department added.


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