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General Atomics to Boost MQ-9 Reaper Firepower with Small-Diameter Bomb

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) experts at General Atomics are integrating the Raytheon laser-guided small diameter bomb (SDB) on the company”s MQ-9 Reaper mid-size attack UAV under terms of a $17.5 million contract announced last week. Officials of the U.S. Air Force Medium Altitude Unmanned Aerial System Division at Wright-Patterson Air For e Base, Ohio, are

Drone Milestone: More RPA Jobs Than Any Other Pilot Position

The U.S. Air Force now has more jobs for MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper drones than any other type of pilot position, the head of Air Education and Training Command said last week. “I never thought I”d say that when I joined the Air Force,” Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson told reporters during a media roundtable

Air Force to Retire MQ-1 Predator Drone, Transition to MQ-9 Reaper

The U.S. Air Force is preparing to phase out its MQ-1 Predator drones in favor of an all-MQ-9 Reaper fleet in 2018. The Predator”s retirement will effectively conclude the unmanned aerial vehicle”s 21 years of service with the Air Force. The platform supported intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions for the branch in addition to targeted