First RNLAF Crews Ready for Reaper

The first two Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) MQ-9 Reaper medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) crews completed their training at the beginning of May, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) reported on its website on 6 May. Two RNLAF Reaper pilots and two sensor operators began training at Holloman Air Force Base in New...

The first two Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) MQ-9 Reaper medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) crews completed their training at the beginning of May, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) reported on its website on 6 May.

The first two RNLAF MQ-9 Reaper MALE UAV crews completed their training at the beginning of May 2019. (Dutch MoD)
The first two RNLAF MQ-9 Reaper MALE UAV crews completed their training at the beginning of May 2019. (Dutch MoD)

Two RNLAF Reaper pilots and two sensor operators began training at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico last December.

The MoD said the home base of the Reapers will be Leeuwarden, where the RNLAF in September 2018 reactivated its 306 Squadron to operate them.

The Netherlands ordered four Block 5 Reapers under a government-to-government agreement signed with the United States on 17 July 2018 during the Farnborough International Air Show.

Source: www.janes.com