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Netherlands selects MQ-9 Reaper

25th November 2013 - 09:38 GMT | by Pieter Bastiaans in Breda

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The Dutch ministry of defence plans to purchase the MQ-9 Reaper as its future medium altitude long endurance (MALE) UAV, it has emerged.

After a previous project to procure a MALE UAV was cancelled in 2007, the Netherlands will now acquire a single MQ-9 system which will consist of four air vehicles. A formal contract will be signed in early 2015 and procurement will be conducted through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme.

According to information provided by the Dutch parliament on 21 November, the new UAVs will be equipped with the standard electro-optical/infra red (EO/IR) sensor pod and synthetic

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A resident from Breda, the Netherlands, Pieter Bastiaans is an independent defence correspondent and photographer …

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