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Reapers to Give Marine Corps New Set of Warfighting Tools

Friday, June 7, 2019   (0 Comments)

By Yasmin Tadjdeh  |  June 7, 2019  |  National Defense


The MQ-9 Reaper — a General Atomics-built drone that has been used extensively over the past decade for military strikes against insurgents across the Middle East and Africa — may soon be a permanent fixture in the Marine Corps’ inventory.

In President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget proposal, the Marine Corps requested three systems, with an additional three planned for fiscal year 2021. The service asked for $117 million to purchase the first three systems, according to a Marine Corps spokesperson.

Rear Adm. Randy Crites, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for budget, said the platforms fulfill an urgent operational need for the service. READ MORE...

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