USMC to Receive MQ-9A Reapers in August, Prepare for Revamped MUX Written 5 August 2021

A General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle flies a combat mission over southern Afghanistan. | Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt; Wikipedia, Public Domain

FlightGlobal reports that the US Marine Corps is to receive two MQ-9A Reapers in August to increase its ISR capabilities over the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The MQ-9A Reapers are also being used to “inform future requirements for the service’s revamped MUX (Marine Air-Ground Task Force Unmanned Aircraft System Expeditionary)” program. The MUX program, an effort to buy a multi-purpose VTOL UAV, was put on hold in 2020. The US Marine Corps plans to buy 18 MQ-9As “with additional UAVs to be acquired starting in 2022.”
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