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Highway landing opens door to future MQ-9 Reaper capabilities

12th May 2023 - 19:00 GMT | by Harry Lye in London


An MQ-9 Reaper prepares to take off from a highway during Exercise Agile Chariot. (Photo: US DoD)

The US has landed an MQ-9 Reaper UAV on a highway for the first time as part of Exercise Agile Chariot.

Several aircraft types conducted highway landings during the exercise, including the MQ-9 Reaper, an MC-130J Commando II, two A-10 Thunderbolt IIs and two MH-6 Little Birds.

The USAF said the landing of the MQ-9 Reaper on a highway opened the door for future capabilities.

It also marked the first landing of the aircraft type on a US road.

Lt Col David Payne, 2 Special Operations Squadron (2 SOS) commander, said: ‘The capabilities witnessed during Agile Chariot showcases how the MQ-9 can launch and recover from remote locations and extend its operational reach to protect American interests globally,’

Agile Chariot also saw the

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Harry Lye


Harry Lye

Harry Lye was Senior Naval Reporter at Shephard Media.

Harry joined the company in 2021, …

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