Reaper UAVs Will Support Marine Corps in Southwest Asia
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — Marine Corps combat forces deployed to Southwest Asia soon will receive intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) services from MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The use of services from the larger Reaper UAV represents a new development for the Marine Corps.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. of Poway, California, has been awarded a contract from Naval Air Systems Command with a not-to-exceed value of $39.6 million to provide additional ISR surge support for Marine Corps Task Force Southwest operations in the U.S. Central Command area of operations, according to a June 19 Defense Department contract announcement.
The MQ-9s will be owned and operated by General Atomics in support of the Marine Corps units using contractor-owned/contractor-operated MQ-9 Reaper unmanned air systems.
The Marine Corps has made extensive use of ISR services in Southwest Asia from companies such as Boeing’s Insitu, operating ScanEagle UAVs, smaller that the Reaper. The Reaper is used extensively by the Air Force for ISR in Southwest Asia.