Dutch choose Reaper un­manned air­craft


From late 2016, Nether­lands De­fence will be able to col­lect aerial in­for­ma­tion with the MQ-9 Reaper: That is what De­fence Min­is­ter Jea­nine Hen­nisPlass­chaert wrote in a let­ter to the Lower House re­cently.

The Reaper is an un­manned air­craft that is avail­able 24 hours a day, and can be used vir­tu­ally any­where the world; only part of its crew need to be present in-the­atre de­fence will buy the un­manned air­craft off the shelf. By the end of 2017, the sys­tem will be fully in­te­grated in the armed forces.

The Nether­lands al­ready has ac­cess to smaller un­manned sys­tems, such as the Raven and Scan Ea­gle. In 2011 De­fense an­nounced that it also wanted to buy a medium al­ti­tude long en­durance (MALE) un­manned aerial ve­hi­cle (UAV).

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