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Sunday, September 26, 2021

MQ-9 Reaper: The only option for SOCOM’s ‘armed overwatch’ role | Marine Corps Times

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As SOCOM prepares to undertake a major overhaul for its deployed forces through the Armed Overwatch program, the MQ-9 Reaper one of the options. In any obstacle it has faced, the MQ-9 Reaper has become the armed overwatch platform of choice. The MQ-9 was explicitly designed for SOCOM’s Armed Overwatch mission. With almost 7 million hours of flight time under their belts, the planes have proven themselves time and time again. The MQ-9 is a well-known and well-loved aircraft model. That means there will be no need for an expensive, complicated new program to build a different, less capable Armed Overwatch aircraft that will depend on aerial refueling and a bit of luck to succeed.

Source: https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/opinion/commentary/2021/05/15/mq-9-reaper-the-only-option-for-socoms-armed-overwatch-role/

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