UK Deploys Additional Reaper Aircraft in Afghanistan

23 September 2010 (Last Updated September 23rd, 2010 18:30)

The Royal Air Force's (RAF) 39 Squadron has received an additional Reaper remotely piloted aircraft in Afghanistan to support ground troops. The Reaper will deliver a total of 36 hours of video surveillance in support of troops on the ground every day of the year. The aircraft

The Royal Air Force’s (RAF) 39 Squadron has received an additional Reaper remotely piloted aircraft in Afghanistan to support ground troops.

The Reaper will deliver a total of 36 hours of video surveillance in support of troops on the ground every day of the year.

The aircraft boasts a 66ft wing span and is powered by a turboprop engine that allows it to stay in the air for more than 16 hours at a time.

It will carry a multi-spectral targeting system to collect video from thousands of feet above insurgents, as well as Hellfire missiles and laser-guided bombs.

The existing aircraft has completed 13,000 hours in direct support of ground forces in Afghanistan since October 2007.