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).