›How Air Force drone pilots train to fly the $32 million MQ-9 Reaper
strategy17:19How Air Force drone pilots train to fly the $32 million MQ-9 ReaperThe US Air Force's MQ-9 Reaper is a remotely operated unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV. It is used primar...ily for intelligence collection and precision strikes against targets on the ground. Because of its lightweight design and long wingspan, the Reaper can stay in the air for about 20 hours without refueling.The MQ-9 Reaper has been involved in a number of missions, including the 2020 strike that killed the Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, but it has also been linked to civilian deaths. In August 2022, the Department of Defense released the Civilian Harm Mitigation and Response Action Plan to address these civilian-harm issues.Insider was granted access to Cannon Air Force Base to observe the 12th Special Operations Squadron to see how it's training new pilots to remotely fly this drone.