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The RQ-1 entered the USAF inventory in 1994 and was deployed for the first time over Bosnia in 1995. In 2002, the Predator was armed with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, re-designated the MQ-1, and given interdiction and armed reconnaissance roles. AF DCGS says goodbye to an old friend
The MQ-1 officially retired from Air Force inventory on March 9, 2018 with the Air Force shifting to solely using the MQ-9 Reaper.
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Airmen were able to seamlessly transition between platforms, which prevented a loss of MQ-9 capabilities for combatant commanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Thompson) Sun setting the MQ-1 Predator: Combat RPAs bring the future faster
As the official retirement of the MQ-1 Predator approaches, many people reflect on the new and innovative capabilities it provided on the battlefield over its tenure. Its shift from an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to a multi-role platform, further shaped the outlook of senior leaders and combatant commanders alike. The MQ-1 revolutionized the Air Force’s use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft in dynamic situations, inevitably paving the way for an all MQ-9 Reaper force.
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Airmen from the 49th Maintenance Group litter carry a simulated casualty during a phase II exercise at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Feb. 22, 2018. The participating Airmen’s training included donning mission oriented protective posture gear, conducting SABC to simulated injuries while keeping accountability of each other. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Young) 49th MXG conducts Phase II exercise
The 49th Maintenance Group educated more than 200 Airmen during its first phase II exercise at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Feb. 22, 2018.
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Airmen assigned to the 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Reaper Aircraft Maintenance Unit coordinate to load a GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition during a weapons load competition Dec. 8, 2017, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. Weapons load competitions help build camaraderie and highlight the load crew’s capabilities to load munitions safely. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Haley Stevens) 432nd Wing: Any time, any place, any condition
The Airmen assigned to the 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron pride themselves on staying mission ready and recently hosted their first weapons load competition dressed in full chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives gear in more than three years December 8, 2017, at Creech. Like most Air Force maintenance units that use weapons load competitions to boost unit morale and highlight the team’s capabilities, Creech has held these competitions for its remotely piloted aircraft load crews since 2009. The event is composed of assessments such as a written test, tool kit evaluation, and a weapons load where safety procedures and time are closely monitored.
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An MQ-9 Reaper flies a training mission Oct. 18, 2017, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. MQ-9 and MQ-1 Predator aircrews helped liberate Raqqah, Syria, from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s control in early October. ISIS used the city as its capital for terrorist operations since January 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christian Clausen) Raqqah liberated: Combat RPAs in the fight
U.S. forces, coalition partners and Syrian Democratic Forces liberated Raqqah, Syria from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s control in early October. ISIS used the city as its capital for terrorist operations since January 2014. Combat remotely piloted aircraft such as the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper were heavily integrated during combat operations to liberate the city. RPA aircrews tirelessly flew more than 44,000 hours and employed approximately 20 percent of the coalition strike effort.
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A student MQ-9 pilot from the 6th Attack Squadron prepares for his first solo flight at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Nov. 7, 2017. Solo flights build confidence, airmanship and a crew mentality more than academic classroom discussion, or under direct instructor supervision in the cockpit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Junk) Hawks Fly Solo
The 6th Attack Squadron is the first formal training unit to implement solo flights for MQ-9 Reaper crews during initial training.
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The Block 5 is equipped with improved electrical and communications systems which provides better software and hardware upgrades for future operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christian Clausen) 386 AEW completes first flight of Block 5 MQ-9
The 386th Air Expeditionary Wing successfully completed its first combat mission with the latest version of the MQ-9 Reaper in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, recently. The wing’s remotely piloted aircraft unit, the 46th Expeditionary Attack Squadron, transitioned its attack and reconnaissance airframes from the MQ-1B Predator to the Block 5 MQ-9A Reaper.
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As MQ-1 Predators phase out, the Air Force’s newest Block 5 MQ-9 Reapers are assuming responsibilities in combat areas to satisfy the need for uninterrupted persistent attack and reconnaissance capabilities. Upgraded MQ-9s continue to deploy downrange
As MQ-1 Predators transition from the Air Force’s active-duty aircraft inventory, they are being replaced downrange by the newly upgraded “Block 5” MQ-9 Reapers. This enables combatant commanders’ uninterrupted persistent attack and reconnaissance capabilities. The recent upgrades include updated software and increased flight range. Airmen at Creech AFB are working to make the transition a smooth one as they continue overseeing the shipment process for a total of 16 Block 5s which will be delivered to various areas of responsibility.
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An MQ-9 Reaper stands ready to provide warfighters with persistent attack and reconnaissance to the U.S. and joint coalition partners. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman First Class Adarius Petty) Red Flag 17-3 integrates MQ-9 Reaper
MQ-9 Reaper aircrews from the 732nd Operations Group stationed at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., participated in Red Flag 17-3 from July 10-28, 2017 at Nellis AFB, Nev. During this Red Flag, the MQ-9 crews aimed to prove the Reaper’s multi-role capabilities and train over new and evolving tactics.
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Tech. Sgt. Christopher, 91st Attack Squadron MQ-9 Reaper sensor operator, is a reservist working with active duty and Air National Guard Airmen to enable MQ-9 airpower downrange in support of various mission sets to meet the combatant commander’s intent. These three components of the United States Air Force incorporate as a total force integration to provide 60 combat lines or 60 aircraft in the air Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christian Clausen) Total Force wingmen enable MQ-1, MQ-9 mission
In the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper community, active duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Airmen incorporate as a total force integration to provide 60 combat lines or 60 aircraft in the air, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. This team of aircrew, maintenance and other career fields ensure mission success by enabling persistent strike and reconnaissance capabilities to eliminate enemies and keep ground and coalition forces safe.
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