Netherlands to purchase 4 additional MQ-9A Reaper drones

By Defence Industry Europe

The United States Department of State has approved the potential sale of 4 additional MQ-9A Reaper Block 5 combat drones to the Netherlands.

On June 16, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) released the approval of the United States Department of State for the potential sale of 4 additional MQ-9A Reaper Block 5 combat unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the Netherlands, along with an associated ground equipment package for a maximum of USD 611 million.

The government in The Hague has requested the possibility of purchasing 4 MQ-9A Reaper aircraft in Block 5 (combat) configuration, three mobile Ground Control Stations (GCS), up to 30 GPS and INS navigation receivers with SAASM or M-Code cryptographic modules, up to 8 AN/DAS-1 MTS-B targeting systems, and up to 20 Lynx SAR/GMTI radars.

The package also includes Honeywell TPE331-10 turboprop engines, providing a flight endurance of up to 27 hours and a range of up to 1800 km, Leonardo/Selex ES Seaspray 7500E radars for surface and land surveillance, equipped with GMTI capability, Raytheon SeaVue maritime radars, LGMA M299 weapon pylons for AGM-114 Hellfire anti-tank guided missiles, AN/ARC-210 radios, Line-of-Sight data terminals, reinforced test stations for RAMTS aircraft maintenance, AN/APX-119 (or other) friend-or-foe identification transponders, KIV-77 friend-or-foe identification systems, KY-100M encrypted voice communication terminals, AN/PYQ-10 cryptographic modules, and ground-based satellite communication terminal subsystems.

Additionally, the request includes spare parts, consumables, and accessories, as well as repair and return support, secure communication equipment and cryptographic devices, major/minor modification services, sustainment support, ammunition support equipment, software (unclassified), transportation support, unclassified publications and technical documentation, engineering, technical, and logistical support services from the United States government and the contract holder (General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems, GA-ASI), and other related logistic and programmatic support elements.

“The proposed sale will improve the Netherlands’ capability to meet current and future threats. The MQ-9A aircraft will support Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions as well as Air Attack and Counter Maritime Operation tasks. The Netherlands already has MQ-9A aircraft in its inventory and will have no difficulty absorbing these articles and services into its armed forces,” the DSCA said in a press release.




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