The USAF deployed its first Reaper to
USAF mission photos released over the past month indicate that the Reaper typically carries two Raytheon Paveway II 226kg (500lb) precision-guided bombs on its inboard weapon pylons and two Hellfire missiles on a single rack attached to a centre wing pylon.
© US Air Force
Nine Reapers have so far been delivered to the USAF, with more on their way. Deployment and combat use of the type comes as operational acceptance testing continues. The air force confirmed on 26 October that deployability testing was carried out at Kandahar airfield from 4-25 September.
The aircraft was air freighted into theatre, with General Atomics carrying out breakdown and packing at its facility at Grey Butte in southern