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RAF Reapers performing to plan in Afghanistan

1st December 2011 - 14:39 GMT | by Beth Stevenson in Farnborough, UK

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A senior UK military official has quashed rumours concerning the performance of RAF MQ-9 Reaper UAVs in Afghanistan.

According to WG CDR Andrew Jeffrey, SO1 Air and Joint Effects, MoD, accusations that the aircraft lacked airworthiness were ‘absolute nonsense’.

‘Everybody assumed that the lack of airworthiness [of the Predator A] transferred to the Predator B,’ Jeffrey told the Air Power in Irregular Warfare conference at Farnborough on 30 November.

‘My argument is that the technology is there,’ Jeffrey said, describing how he was confident in the current standards of the platform. He added that criticism of the aircraft had been

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