Tag Archives: MQ-1 Predator

Air Force to Transition to General Atomics-Built MQ-9 Reapers

The U.S. Air Force prepares to transition to the General Atomics-built MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft this year as the service branch plans to retire its MQ-1 Predator RPAs in 2018 in an effort to build up readiness and keep pace with the changing combat environment. The 20th attack squadron …

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Air Force Develops RPA Course for Electronic Combat Officers

The U.S. Air Force has established its first remotely piloted aircraft course for electronic combat officers through a collaboration between the 57th Wing, 432nd Wing, 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing and the 26th Weapons Squadron. The Air Force said Wednesday the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper course works to address a demand to have a certified ECO instruction …

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LA Times: Air Force Unveils $3B Drone Program Expansion Proposal

The U.S. Air Force looks to buy an additional 75 drones and add up to nine flying squadrons over the next five years under its proposed $3-billion unmanned aircraft program expansion, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. W.J. Hennigan writes the plan is still to subject to approval by Congress and also calls for the hiring of …

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Pentagon Details $2.45B UAV Spending Plan for FY 2015

The Defense Department is seeking $2.45 billion in fiscal year 2015 funds for unmanned aerial vehicle acquisition and research, 15.8 percent greater than the fiscal 2014 UAV budget, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Sunday. John Keller writes the U.S. military plans to procure both the Northrop Grumman-built RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft …

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