MQ-9 Reapers Heading to Florida as Air Force Expands Drone Fleet

Two dozen MQ-9 ‘hunter killer’ remotely piloted aircraft are heading to the panhandle of Florida as part of a new Reaper wing at Tyndall Air Force base.

The Air Force on Tuesday said the wing will also house an operations group with mission control elements, launch and recovery and a maintenance group.

“We selected Tyndall Air Force Base because it was the best location to meet the unique requirements of the MQ-9 Reaper,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said in a release.

“Remotely piloted aircraft and the intelligence capabilities supporting them remain vital to our national security and the security of our allies,” added Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David…

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