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Marines to Operate Armed Reaper UAS in ‘Coming Months’

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Marine Corps plans to deploy armed MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles in the “coming months,” the Navy’s program executive officer for Unmanned and Strike Weapons (PEO-UMW) said.  “The MQ-9 Reaper provides increased lethality to the Marine Air-Ground…

Navy Looking at Upgrades to RQ-21 UAS

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy is planning a series of upgrades to the Boeing Insitu-built RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aerial system, an acquisition official said.   “We’re continuing to look at upgrades for the system,” said Rear Adm. Brian Corey, program executive officer –…

Marine Corps Identifies Personnel Killed in AAV Mishap

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Officials with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, I Marine Expeditionary Force, have identified the one Marine who was killed and seven other Marines and one Sailor who are presumed dead after an amphibious assault vehicle mishap on July 30.  Lance…

Bell Boeing Delivers First V-22 Osprey to Japan

CAMP KISARAZU, Japan — Bell Boeing delivered the first V-22 Osprey to Camp Kisarazu in Japan on July 10, the company said in a release. The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) is the first operator of the V-22 outside of the U.S….

COVID-19 Breaks Out on Okinawa as About 90 Marines Test Positive

At least two U.S. Marine Corps bases on Okinawa are reporting clusters of COVID-19 infections, leading Marine leaders to reinstitute stringent protective measures on the Japanese island, home to numerous U.S. military installations. “After months with no confirmed COVID-19 infections…

Indonesia Cleared for Possible Acquisition of MV-22s

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft to the Indonesian government, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a release.  If concluded, Indonesia would be the third nation to procure the…

Marine Corps Activates Second F-35B Fleet Replacement Squadron

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Marine Corps has activated a second fleet replacement squadron to train aviators to fly its F-35B Lightning II strike fighters.  Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 502 (VMFAT-502) was activated on June 26 at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort,…

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