02/10/2020

MQ-9 tests flying with eight Hellfire missiles

Double the firepower: MQ-9 tests flying with eight Hellfire missiles – link

Source: Air Force Times

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  • The Air Force last month conducted the first flight of an MQ-9A Reaper that had been configured to carry eight AGM-114 Hellfire missiles — twice the number the UAV normally carries
  • The 556th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada conducted the flight test on Sept. 10
  • A software upgrade expected to be rolled out to MQ-9s by the end of the calendar year made the expanded Hellfire capacity possible, the Air Force said. In the past, Reapers could carry no more than four Hellfires, two on the outboard station of each wing
  • But with the upgrade, stations that were previously used for fuel tanks or 500-pound bombs can be used for Hellfires
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