Ceremony of the withdrawal of unmanned aerial vehicles MQ-1 Predator from the combat strength of the US Air Force

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The ceremony of withdrawal of MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicles from the US Predator air force, vehicles, equipment, less, After, drones, replacement, operators, designation, operators, armaments, departures, Reaper, control, involve intelligence systems

On March 9, 2018, the last flight of unmanned aerial vehicles MQ-1 Predator ("Predator") in service with the US Air Force took place at the US Air Force Creech Air Base.
The US Air Force Command announced the decommissioning of the MQ-1 Predator reconnaissance and drone drones and replacing them with more advanced MQ-9 Reaper. According to the plans of the Pentagon, the replacement of the UAV will be carried out before the end of 2018, while the control complexes cannot be replaced. After being removed from service, drones will be transferred for long-term storage to the site of the 309th Aerospace Technology Maintenance and Repair Group (AMARG) in Arizona, also known as the Graveyard (Boneyard). The transfer of devices for civilian use is not provided.
The decision to write off the devices was made after the Pentagon eased the requirements for the expenditure of the unmanned vehicles' lifespan and the load on the UAV operators. According to the requirements in force until recently, the US Air Force operators had to perform at least 65 combat sorties of the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper drone aircraft per year. Now this rate has been lowered to 60 sorties. At least three vehicles, controlled by at least 12 operators, take part in each hour-long departure. In addition, the flight will involve technology, onboard intelligence system operators and intelligence specialists.
Predator drones entered service with the US Air Force in 1996. Initially, they had the designation RQ-1 and were used exclusively for reconnaissance, reconnaissance and observation. In 2002, the Predator's onboard systems were finalized, allowing the UAVs to carry Hellfire air-to-surface missiles. After that, the devices received the designation MQ-1. In total, 360 Predator were built for the military, of which 145 units are currently in service.

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