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.

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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]

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guys....calm your selves. Trust me. the plane in the video is NOT an rq-170. there is no stealth plane that uses a grate like that on the air intake for its jet engine, in the US. the drag that thing would cause might as well have its own radar signature.