MQ-9 Reaper taxis toward the runway at Miroslawiec Air Base, Poland

The US Air Force (USAF) has achieved the full operational capability of the MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) detachment at Miroslawiec Air Base, Poland. The event was marked by a ceremony attended by US airmen from Headquarters US Air Forces in Europe, 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany and the 118th Wing, Tennessee Air National Guard.

MQ-9 RPA detachment became fully operational at the 52nd Expeditionary Operations Group Detachment 2, which is assigned to the 52 FW.

Developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI), the MQ-9s have been operating out of Poland since May.

The 52 FW operates the MQ-9 Reaper aircraft to promote regional security and stability.

The USAF completed the construction of several facilities, including secure processing centres, a large aircraft maintenance shelter, communications infrastructure and living dormitories for personnel assigned to the mission.

Operating the aircraft from forward locations in Europe will enable the US to boost relationships with Nato allies and partners.

Photo: USAF / Senior Airman Preston Cherry

Source: Air Force Technology

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