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MQ-9 Reaper drone being upgraded to meet new geopolitical reality

• by David Szondy

Through the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's MQ-9 Program Office, the increased capabilities will be installed in both new Reapers and those already in service.

Since it first flew in February 2001, the capabilities of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper in its many variants have been improved, allowing it to take on more ambitious missions. Currently, it is operated by the United States and six other countries, and has seen action in many theaters around the world, but it's in danger of soon becoming irrelevant.