27 Feb '17, 10pm

Air Force transition from the MQ-1 Predator to the MQ-9 Reaper is underway

The transition from the MQ-1 Predator drone to the MQ-9 Reaper is expected to be complete by 2018, but plans are already underway to make the switch, according to Defense Department officials. "We need to get transitioned this year, as part of that, we are going to stop flying the MQ-1 completely by July 1, 2017. We will gradually stand up our number of combat lines on the MQ-9, so by the end of the year we are only an MQ-9 squadron," said Air Force Lt. Col. James, the commander of the 20 th Attack Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. The MQ-9 is “better equipped than the MQ-1 due to its increased speed, high-definition sensors and the ability to carry more munitions,” the Air Force said in a press release . Currently the 20 th Attack Squadron operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which makes the transition process difficult since daily MQ-1 missions are ...

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