General Atomics Lands $206M Air Force Reaper UAV Retrofit Contract

General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business has secured a potential six-year, $206 million contract to retrofit the latest variant of the U.S. Air Force‘s MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles.

The Defense Department said Wednesday General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. will update 122 MQ-9 Block 5 UAVs through June 20, 2024.

USAF will obligate $40.9 million in fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement funds at the time of award.

The service branch deployed Reaper’s Block 5 version in June of last year to support a combat mission as part of  Operation Inherent Resolve.

The UAV features electrical and communications systems and can be equipped with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bombs and GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions.

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