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USA: Central European premiere of the Reaper drone!

19.08.2021, 14:07

At this year's NATO Days in Ostrava & the Czech Air Force Days, the US Air Force's MQ-9 Reaper drone will be on display for the first time at a public event in Central Europe. After five years, the unique CV-22B Osprey convertiplane will return to Mošnov Airport, which will be complemented by the KC-135 Stratotanker and Army's AH-64D Apache and UH-60 Black Hawk military helicopters in a static demonstration.

The multi-purpose unmanned aircraft MQ-9 Reaper is a representative of the ever-expanding phenomenon of combat drones, which represent the latest development branch of the Air Force. A unique example of technology is also the tilrotor CV-22B Osprey, thanks to which it can perform missions that would otherwise require the involvement of a helicopter and an aircraft.

"We spent three years working on presenting the armed drone at our event, so we are so happy that the static demonstration of the MQ-9 Reaper will become one of the highlights of this year," said Zbyněk Pavlačík, Chairman of the Jagello 2000. "NATO Days will be the first event for the general public in Central Europe to be seen."

The MQ-9 Reaper, a multi-role drone (UAV), is structurally based on its predecessor, the MQ-1 Predator, and is one of the most modern in its category. The Reaper can be described as the first ever "hunter-killer" drone. It was deployed, for example, in Iraq or Syria in the fight against the so-called Islamic State, but thanks to its sensors, NASA also uses it to monitor forest fires or spaceports.

The state-of-the-art technology category also includes the CV-22B Osprey, which entered the service in 2007. This technically unique machine is the only functional series-produced convertiplane.

The US Army will then introduce representatives of the helicopter air force, which will include a multi-purpose combat helicopter AH-64 Apache and UH-60 Black Hawk.

This pair will be complemented by the KC-135 Stratotanker, which has served as a refueling and transport aircraft since 1957 and is also one of the longest-serving aircraft in the US Air Force, but is currently being replaced by the newer KC-46A Pegasus. Outside the United States, KC-135 is still used by France and Turkey.

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