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USMC, USAF to Conduct MQ-9 Qualification Training for Marine Operators

The Marine Corps and the Air Force will partner to train the Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron to be qualified operators of the General Atomics-built MQ-9 Reaper, USNI News reported Thursday.

The effort intends to establish a UAV operations base in preparation for the 2020s when Marines will begin deploying UAV units from ships.

USMC is beginning to develop MUX, a future Marine Air-Ground Task Force UAV that would be deployed from amphibious ships and expeditionary sites.

The MUX will be sized similarly to the Reaper and used for missions involving command and control, electronic warfare and early warning, as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

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