/

Airmen Demo MQ-9 Reaper’s Capabilities at Maritime Warfare Exercise

1 min read

The U.S. Air Force’s MQ-9 Reaper detachment demonstrated the capabilities of the remotely piloted aircraft during the Rim of the Pacific 2022 exercise that concluded Aug. 4 in Hawaii.

The MQ-9 Reaper community made its debut at RIMPAC 2022 and led the exercise with 32 sorties in 22 days spanning 316 airborne hours supporting a wide range of mission sets,” Air National Guard Capt. Philip West, RIMPAC MQ-9 Maritime Force integration lead, said in a statement published Saturday.

We became the most requested asset by partner nations, receiving as many as three times the requests as any other,” added West.

The General Atomics-built Reapers supported 63 missions during the exercise, including 25 maritime missions, six intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions and seven operations to recover personnel. The airmen also used MQ-9s to launch Hellfire missiles.

The maritime warfare exercise also introduced the unmanned aerial vehicle to a sinking exercise, surface and war-at-sea operations, amphibious assault scenario and other maritime events.

ExecutiveGov Logo

Sign Up Now! Executive Gov provides you with Free Daily Updates and News Briefings about Government Technology

The Ultimate Guide to Winning Government Contracts Let us show you how top executives are winning so you can replicate it