The combination of payload capacity and loiter endurance makes the Reaper highly valuable in Iraq.
The long loiter capability will be used to establish a “persistent stare” over targets, while its armaments allow it to be drawn into conflict when necessary.
The MQ-9 Reaper, a hunter-killer UAV with long loitering capability, has completed its first operational mission in Iraq. The craft has been used in Afghanistan since 2007, clocking 3,800 hours and attacking 16 targets with 500-pound bombs and Hellfire missiles.
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