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  • MQ-9 Reaper Takes Flight with 8 Hellfire Missiles

    The 556th Test and Evaluation Squadron conducted the first flight of the MQ-9A Reaper carrying eight live AGM-114 Hellfire missiles on September 10, 2020, reinforcing the platform’s “persistent attack” role. This new capability is part of the MQ-9 Operational Flight Program 2409, a software upgrade set to field by the end of calendar year 2020. Previous to this software, the Reaper was limited to four AGM-114s across two stations. The new software allows flexibility to load the Hellfire on stations that previously were reserved for 500 lb. class bombs or fuel tanks. 
  • Airmen drive RPA innovation with 1st-ever electronic combat officer course

    In an effort to neutralize the enemy and their ability to impact combat operations, the 57th Wing and 26th Weapons Squadron, in conjunction with Airmen from the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing, supported and created the U.S. Air Force’s first-ever MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft Electronic Combat Officers course.
  • Airmen drive RPA innovation with 1st-ever electronic combat officer course

    In an effort to neutralize the enemy and their ability to impact combat operations, the 57th Wing and 26th Weapons Squadron, in conjunction with Airmen from the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing, supported and created the U.S. Air Force’s first-ever MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft Electronic Combat Officers (ECO) course.
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