Armed Forces News

The Marine Corps will procure MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft, under a $36.5 million contract awarded to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. The package will take nine months to complete, and would include improvements to the platform’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. In essence, the Marines will end up with the same ISR platform now in use by the Air Force, Seapower magazine reported. The Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md.- based Naval Air Systems Command issued the contract. Most of the work will take place at Yuma, Ariz., Poway Calif., and other stateside locations. The project should be complete by next February.