USAF Begins Search for UAV Replacement of MQ-9 Written 4 June 2020

A General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper. | U.S. Air Force photo, Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson

FlightGlobal reports that the US Air Force “has formally launched its search for an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) to replace the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 Reaper beginning in 2030.” The service “is conducting market research to find its next medium-altitude UAV for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), as well as air-to-ground strike, missions, Air Force Materiel Command says, in a request for information (RFI) posted online 3 June.” The RFI said, “Interested parties are encouraged to consider and assume the Air Force Research Laboratory Skyborg programme as the primary [UAV] autonomous baseline solution.”
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