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USAF temporarily relocates Poland-based Reapers to Romania

08 July 2019

A Reaper UAV taxis out at Miroslawiec Air Base in Poland. The US Air Forces in Europe has temporarily moved this mission to Campia Turzii Air Base in Romania. Source: US Air Force

The US Air Force (USAF) has temporarily relocated some of its General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Poland to Romania, the service announced on 4 July.

The US Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) said that an undisclosed number of the medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAVs, which had begun flying out of Miroslawiec Air Base (AB) in northwestern Poland in May 2018, had, along with their support equipment, moved to Campia Turzii AB in Romania.

"MQ-9 Reapers, personnel, and support equipment with the 52nd Expeditionary Operations Group [EOG] Detachment 2 . have temporarily relocated . while the runway at Miroslawiec undergoes [re]construction," USAFE said on its website. The USAFE did not say when the UAVs would return to Poland.

It has not been revealed how many Reapers had been stationed in Poland (and now Romania), although the USAFE has noted that for this mission, they are configured solely for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.

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