US Air Force terminates Predator drones. Now you will fear the Reaper 

After more than 20 years of service, the US Air Force fly boys have today announced that the MQ-1 Predator drone is going to be phased out within a year.Since its first operational deployment in the Balkan wars in the mid-1990s, the Predator has evolved from a pure surveillance drone to an armed flying weapon that has become a symbol of American military forces in large sections of the Middle East. But now the remote-controlled slayer of terrorists and wedding parties is being replaced by the more powerful MQ-9 Reaper drone.”Right now the plan is to stop flying the MQ-1 in 2018, and that means we need to get transitioned this year,” said Air Force Lieutenant Colonel “James,” the 20th Attack Squadron commander.”As part of that, we are going to stop flying the MQ-1 completely by July 1, 2017. We will gradually stand up our number of combat lines on the MQ-9, so by the end of the year we are only an MQ-9 squadron.”

Source: US Air Force terminates Predator drones. Now you will fear the Reaper • The Register

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