Reaper Aircraft

Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS)

Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS)

Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS) are growing in importance and the RAF reformed 39 Sqn at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada in 2007 to operate US-owned Predator aircraft alongside USAF squadrons. The UK has purchased a number of MQ-9 'Reaper' aircraft in support of UK ground forces in operational theatres. Reaper provides real-time video imagery to ground commanders, and has the capability to attack ground targets with precision munitions if required.

13 Sqn has recently stood up at RAF Waddington as the newest squadron operate the Reaper RPAS.

The RAF has also taken the first step towards developing its own remotely piloted combat aircraft. Project “Taranis” is well under way with a prototype having been developed by BAe Systems. It will be used evaluate how RPAS will contribute to the RAF’s future mix of aircraft.

13 Squadron

39 Squadron



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