MQ-9 Reaper UAVs now fully operational at Polish Air Base
- March 8, 2019
The MQ-9 Reaper, developed by General Atomics, is fully operational at Miroslawiec Air Base in Poland.
Remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) have been operating out of Poland since May.
The MQ-9 Reaper is a medium-to-high altitude, long endurance remotely piloted aircraft system (UAS), capable of remote controlled or autonomous flight operations, developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) for use by the United States Air Force, the United States Navy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Royal Air Force, and the Italian Air Force. France, Spain, The Netherlands and Belgium are recent buyers as well. The Reaper is a larger, heavier, and more capable aircraft than its predecessor, the MQ-1 Predator. It is planned to remain in service into the 2030s.
Air Forces in Europe christened a new set of facilities at Miroslawiec Air Base, Poland on March 1 to help accommodate the Air National Guardsmen and contractors operating Reapers there. The Air Force chose Poland for the mission because of its strategic location in Europe. RPA aircraft are now operated by both contractors and US military personnel. The US military now shares control of the Reapers at Miroslawiec during takeoff, flight and aircraft recovery with the contractors.