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USAF selects Tyndall AFB to home new Reaper wing

04 December 2017

The US Air Force (USAF) is to locate a new wing of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) at Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB) in Florida, the service announced in late November.

The US Air Force looks set to locate a new wing of 24 Reaper UAVs at Tyndall AFB in Florida. (GAASI)The US Air Force looks set to locate a new wing of 24 Reaper UAVs at Tyndall AFB in Florida. (GAASI)

The new wing will comprise 24 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), an operations group with mission control elements as well as a launch and recovery capability, and a maintenance group.

“We selected Tyndall Air Force Base because it was the best location to meet the unique requirements of the MQ-9 Reaper,” Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson said. Tyndall AFB was one of several locations shortlisted for the new wing in 2016, with the other proposed flying bases being Eglin AFB in Florida, Vandenberg AFB in California, and Shaw AFB in South Carolina, while other proposed operations and control element locations were Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona, Moody AFB in Georgia, Mountain Home AFB in Idaho, Offutt AFB in Nebraska, and Shaw AFB.



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