First Reaper meets Dutch MoD requirements
The Netherlands MoD has officially received the first MQ-9A Block 5 Reaper ISR UAV for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF), following the completion of acceptance flights.
Four MQ-9As have been acquired for the RNLAF from General Atomics under a $123 million contract sealed in 2018.
‘With other aircraft there are also acceptance flights next week,’ the MoD noted in a 3 February statement. ‘If these are successful, the Ministry of Defence will station the Reapers on Curaçao’ for operational test and evaluation activities at Hato Airport.
‘Thereafter, the MQ-9 will perform support tasks for the Commander Navy Caribbean and the Coast Guard Caribbean,’ the MoD added.
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