MQ-9 Reaper: Unfettered for Export

February 2/24: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems won a face value $16.9 million modification to exercise of an option for continued sustainment for the Italian Air Force MQ-9 Unmanned Aerial System Program fleet currently being serviced under the basic contract that provides logistics support activities including core, depot repair, engineering services, field team support, country standard technical order revision services, insurance, contractor managed storage, transportation, data, spares, and software maintenance services for the Italian Air Force MQ-9 Blocks 1 and 5 aircraft. Work will be performed in Poway, California; Italy; and Kuwait, and is expected to be complete by January 31, 2025. This contract involves 100% foreign military sales to Italy. Foreign Military Sales in the amount of $16,928,439 are being obligated at time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. The MQ-9 Reaper is a turboprop-powered remotely piloted aircraft for supporting military intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions. According to General Atomics, the MQ-9 has a flight endurance of over 27 hours, a speed of 240 knots (444 kilometers/276 miles per hour), and a payload capacity of 3,850 pounds (1,746 kilograms).











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0 Reaper, ready… (click to view full) The MQ-9 Reaper UAV, once called “Predator B,” is somewhat similar to the famous Predator. Until you look at the tail. Or its size. Or its weapons. It’s called “Reaper” for a reason: while it packs the same surveillance gear, it’s much more of a hunter-killer design. Some […]

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