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US Approves $500M Support Package for British MQ-9 Reapers

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US State Department Approves $500 Million Supporting UK’s MQ-9 Reaper Program

(Source: Defense Security Cooperation Agency; issued April 4, 2018)


WASHINGTON --- The US State Department has approved sale of defense articles and services for continued follow-on support to the MQ-9 Reaper program for an estimated cost of $500 million to the United Kingdom.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale Wednesday.

The Government of the United Kingdom has requested to buy defense articles and services for continued follow-on support to the MQ-9 Reaper program including: contractor logistics support, manpower and base support, publication and technical documentation, depot and organizational level maintenance and equipment, minor modifications and upgrades, software support, spare and repair/return parts, program studies, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and technical support, and other related elements of program support.

The proposed sale is required to maintain the operational readiness of the United Kingdom’s MQ-9 Reaper program and enable the United Kingdom to continue to operate its fleet of MQ-9 Reapers in support of coalition operations. The United Kingdom will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.

The prime contractors will be General Atomics Aeronautical Systems and MAG Aerospace.

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