Military Embedded Systems

UAS flown in Middle East by USMC crew on another continent--a first


April 27, 2020

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Image: GA-ASI

SAN DIEGO. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) reports that U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) pilots and sensor operators from Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 (VMU-1) recently conducted their first operational flight of an MQ-9A Reaper unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in the Middle East, with the operators located in Yuma, Arizona.

With the oversight of the GA-ASI team, the VMU-1 “Watchdog” crews took control of a company-owned/company-operated (COCO) multisensor reconnaissance-equipped MQ-9A supporting forward-deployed Marines. This USMC achievement comes shortly after surpassing 7,000 hours of COCO flight operations since September 2018.

VMU-1 has been leasing MQ-9A Reaper aircraft to fulfill its need for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) equipment in the Middle East.


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