Militants Fire RPG At C-130 Then An MQ-9 Reaper Crew Promptly Locates, Tracks, And Kills Them
The incident is a prime example of the armed overwatch missions that American unmanned aircraft have been flying for years now
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April 7, 2020 - by JOSEPH TREVITHICK for thedrive.com
The incident is a prime example of the armed overwatch missions that American unmanned aircraft have been flying for years now.
The U.S. Air Force has released video that includes a unique clip that an MQ-9 Reaper captured of militants firing a rocket-propelled grenade at a C-130 Hercules airlifter that was performing an air drop of cargo at relatively low altitude. In the full video, the drone's pilot and sensor operator, who later struck those hostile forces, also offer an interesting behind-the-scenes look at how the unmanned aircraft perform these kinds of armed overwatch missions.
The Air Force's 432nd Wing at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, one of the service's premier drone units, posted the video on YouTube on Apr. 6, 2020.
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The pilot, 1st Lieutenant Russel, and the sensor operator, Airman First Class Ashley, both assigned to the 20th Attack Squadron, which itself is assigned to the 432nd, but is based at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, describe the event.
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