MQ-9 Reaper Stories January 22

General Atomics B maritime variant of its famous MQ-9 Reaper drone is set to receive a new pod system, allowing it to deploy smaller drones. The modular pods will allow the drone to be quickly equipped with a mission-related payload to improve the drone’s usefulness.

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According to Reuters, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reportedly signed two deals with the United States to purchase 18 MQ-9 Reaper drones and 50 F-35 fighter jets. It is also reported that one of the deals was signed right before Biden officially took office, prompting him to look over the deal.

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MQ-9 Reaper Stories November 26, 2020

India has received two U.S. Predator drones for its Navy in an emergency leasing plan as tensions continue to rise with neighboring China in the region of Ladakh. The addition of the two U.S.-made drones is continuing what looks to be a U.S. proxy war with China.

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MQ-9 Reaper Stories October 8, 2020

Back in April of 2019, a U.S. Reaper drone went down over Nevada due to a loose washer short-circuiting the control equipment. The loose washer caused a string of random commands to be sent to the drone resulting in it crashing down to the ground.

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MQ-9 Reaper Stories October 2, 2020

Last month, the U.S. Air Force began a new set of tests to see if the MQ-9 Reaper drone can safely fly with eight Hellfire missiles, doubling the total number carried by the drone. The first in a series of tests took place at the Creech Air Force Base in Nevada.

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MQ-9 Reaper Stories October 1, 2020

The US National Guard’s MQ-9 Reaper drones have received an upgrade, giving them advanced AI capabilities to track wildfires in real time. The new AI-backed drones can map out where it thinks the fire will spread to, based on previous fires.

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