The Dutch Ministry of Defence is to arm Royal Netherlands Air Drive (RNLAF) MQ-9A Reaper medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial autos (MALE UAVs). The weapons shall be acquired from the USA through the Overseas Navy Gross sales (FMS) programme and are estimated to price between EUR100 million (USD108 million) and EUR250 million (USD270 million). The 4 Reapers to this point acquired by the RNLAF have to be upgraded to hold GBU-12 precision-guided bombs and AGM-114 Hellfire II air-to-surface missiles, the six which are scheduled to be delivered in 2026 don’t. The Ministry of Defence goals to have the primary ammunition in inventory and prepared for an preliminary weapons functionality by 2025. Full working functionality is scheduled for 2028.

On 19 June 2013, Common Atomics and Fokker Applied sciences signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to supply the MQ-9 Reaper to the Dutch authorities for his or her want of a MALE UAV. The MOU acknowledges that Fokker will help in upkeep and help of the plane within the Netherlands if a deal goes by means of. On 21 November 2013, the Dutch Minister of Protection introduced that the Royal Netherlands Air Drive (RNLAF) has chosen the MQ-9 Reaper Block-V as its new MALE UAV. The brand new MALE UAV 306 squadron shall be primarily based at Leeuwarden Air Base. In July 2018 the Dutch authorities signed a Letter of Acceptance for the acquisition by means of the Overseas Navy Gross sales course of.[150]

Royal Netherlands Air Drive (RNLAF) MQ-9A Reaper unmanned aerial autos. (Photograph by Dutch Ministry of Defence)

The Royal Netherlands Air Drive MQ-9 Reaper Block-V medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial autos is to have the Artificial Aperture Radar with the Maritime Search possibility and likewise a particular floor search radar with extra vary and digital sensors to detect floor radar and indicators. The RNLAF purchased 4 floor stations (two at Homebase, two at ahead working base) and 4 MQ-9s Block-V. The plane are to achieve full operational standing in 2023. 4 extra methods are deliberate. The choice was additionally made to arm the Reapers.

The Common Atomics MQ-9 Reaper (typically known as Predator B) is an unmanned aerial automobile (UAV) able to remotely managed or autonomous flight operations, developed by Common Atomics Aeronautical Methods (GA-ASI) primarily for the USA Air Drive (USAF). The MQ-9 and different UAVs are known as Remotely Piloted Autos/Plane (RPV/RPA) by the USAF to point floor management by people. The MQ-9 is the primary hunter-killer UAV designed for long-endurance, high-altitude surveillance. The MQ-9 is a bigger, heavier, extra succesful plane than the sooner Common Atomics MQ-1 Predator and could be managed by the identical floor methods. The Reaper has a 950-shaft-horsepower (712 kW) turboprop engine (in comparison with the Predator’s 115 hp (86 kW) piston engine).