US Air Force Crashes Yet Another Drone

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How many drones can you lose in a month? Apparently not enough: the US Air Force lost another drone today, a General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper, this time on the Seychelles.

According to the US embassy in Mauritius: "a U.S. Air Force remote-piloted MQ-9 crashed at the Seychelles International Airport in Mahe. The MQ-9 was not armed and no injuries were reported."


The Reaper is a large unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a hunter-killer UAV that is designed to search for targets at high altitudes. It uses a powerful turboprop engine, instead of a jet like the one used in the Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel that recently crashed on Iran. [Reuters]