Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drones based in Poland are now fully operational

by KYLE REMPFER

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U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reapers have been flying unarmed reconnaissance missions from Poland since May, but it wasn’t until this month that the drones became fully operational.

Air Forces in Europe christened a new set of facilities at Miroslawiec Air Base, Poland, March 1 to help accommodate the Air National Guardsmen and contractors operating Reapers there.

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Poland was chosen for the mission due to its “strategic location in Eastern Europe," Auburn Davis, a civilian U.S. Air Forces in Europe official, told Air Force Times in May.

Air Forces in Europe has not provided many details regarding where the Reapers are flying.

Service officials have only said that the drones are providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in support of American foreign policy, as well as gathering force protection data for U.S. and international partners, according to an Air Forces Europe news release.

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