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.
The Crossroads of Special Operations