24/06/2020

Navy buys two used MQ-9A Reapers

Navy buys two used MQ-9A Reaper drones – link

Source: C4ISR

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  • The Navy has purchased its first two MQ-9A Reapers, awarding General Atomics Aeronautical Systems nearly $27 million on June 22 for the UAVs and associated ground control equipment
  • The contract procures two MQ-9A Reapers, one dual-control mobile ground control station, one modular data center and one mobile ground control station
  • This is the first time the Navy has purchased Reapers, but it’s already been using the unmanned aircraft overseas
  • According to fiscal 2020 & fiscal 2021 budget documents, the two MQ-9A aircraft the Navy is purchasing have been used by the Marine Corps in a contractor-operated, contractor-owned arrangement since September 2018 to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support to Task Force Southwest in Afghanistan
  • Because they are used, the Reapers will cost less than brand-new systems. The FY21 budget request estimates the cost of each system as being just under $12 million
  • Work is expected to be completed by December 2020

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