MQ-9 is a prime candidate for USSOCOM armed overwatch

Top US Air Force officer sees MQ-9 Reaper UAV as prime candidate for armed overwatch – link

Source: Jane’s

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  • A top USAF officer believes the endurance of the MQ-9 could make it a top candidate for US Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM’s) armed overwatch procurement
  • Armed overwatch will provide special operators deployable and sustainable manned aircraft systems fulfilling close air support (CAS); precision strike; and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) in austere and permissive environments
  • It will also fulfil armed reconnaissance, strike co-ordination and reconnaissance, and airborne forward air control
  • USSOCOM declined to comment, and a request for comment to GA-ASI was not returned prior to publication
  • Special operations expect to procure an estimated 75 aircraft with associated support as part of indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract with a base five-year ordering period and a two-year option

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