Poland starts operating the MQ-9A Reaper drones

By Defence Industry Europe

On February 12, the Polish Armed Forces received an undisclosed number of MQ-9A Reaper remote-piloted aircraft. Drones will be operated by the Polish Armed Forces for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.

According to the Polish Armament Agency, MQ-9A Reaper drones leased by Poland are equipped with payloads that allow the military to ISR operations including IMINT and SIGINT (the latter to a limited extent).

The delivery of MQ-9A Reapers drones is the implementation of the lease contract signed by the Polish Ministry of National Defence with American company General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in October 2022.

According to the Polish Armament Agency,  the contract has a net value of  USD 70.6 million, and the service will be provided to Poland until the Polish Armed Forces acquire and put into use the MQ-9B Reaper unmanned aerial reconnaissance-strike systems”.

As mentioned above, the number of drones leased by Poland has not been disclosed. However, the Polish Armament Agency said in the statement that the agreement concerns one system consisting of “few” remote-piloted aircraft.



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