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General Atomics wins contract to deliver 8 additional MQ-9 Reaper UAVs the US Air Force 4005154

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General Atomics wins contract to deliver 8 additional MQ-9 Reaper UAVs to the US Air Force
 
General Atomics - Aeronautical Systems Inc. has been awarded a $72,068,072 contract to produce eight additional MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 production configuration unmanned aerial aircraft. Work will be performed at Poway, California, and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2017, the US Department of Defense announced today, May 21.
     
General Atomics - Aeronautical Systems Inc. has been awarded a $72,068,072 contract to produce eight additional MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 production configuration unmanned aerial aircraft. Work will be performed at Poway, California, and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2017, the US Department of Defense announced today, May 21.
USAF MQ-9 Reaper Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
     
The MQ-9 Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily as an intelligence-collection asset and secondarily against dynamic execution targets. Given its significant loiter time, wide-range sensors, multi-mode communications suite, and precision weapons -- it provides a unique capability to perform strike, coordination, and reconnaissance against high-value, fleeting, and time-sensitive targets.

The MQ-9 baseline system carries the Multi-Spectral Targeting System, which has a robust suite of visual sensors for targeting. The MTS-B integrates an infrared sensor, color/monochrome daylight TV camera, image-intensified TV camera, laser designator, and laser illuminator. The full-motion video from each of the imaging sensors can be viewed as separate video streams or fused.

The unit also incorporates a laser range finder/designator, which precisely designates targets for employment of laser-guided munitions, such as the Guided Bomb Unit-12 Paveway II. The Reaper is also equipped with a synthetic aperture radar to enable future GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions targeting. The MQ-9 can also employ four laser-guided missiles, Air-to-Ground Missile-114 Hellfire, which possess highly accurate, low-collateral damage, anti-armor and anti-personnel engagement capabilities.

In April 2015, 104 MQ-9B Reapers were currently in use in the US Air Force, on a total of 396 ordered.