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NEWS | Dec. 22, 2023

Texas Guard’s 147th Attack Wing Receives Latest MQ-9 Reaper

By Sean Cowher, 147th Attack Wing Public Affairs (Texas Air National Guard)

HOUSTON - The 147th Attack Wing recently received the cutting-edge Block 5 MQ-9 Reaper, enhancing its efficiency and underscoring the Air National Guard’s commitment to staying at the forefront of modern warfare.

The MQ-9 Reaper, developed by General Atomics, has evolved over the years to become a crucial asset in the U.S. Air Force’s unmanned fleet. With a primary focus on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, the Reaper has proven itself a versatile platform capable of carrying out a wide range of missions, including precision airstrikes.

The Block 5 variant is the latest, most advanced version of this formidable unmanned aerial system, with improved communication systems, data links and sensor capabilities. The enhancements allow the 147th Attack Wing to operate with even greater precision and agility.

The Block 5 Reaper is highly adaptable, allowing for quick mission configuration changes. This flexibility ensures that the 147th Attack Wing can swiftly adjust to evolving operational requirements, maintaining a strategic edge in dynamic and complex scenarios.

“The block 5 allows us the capability to organically perform satellite launch and recovery,” said 1st Lt. Mark Wilson, 147th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron director of operations.

The integration of the Block 5 Reaper into the 147th Attack Wing’s fleet signifies a significant step forward in modernizing the Air National Guard’s capabilities. 

“The addition of the Block 5 Reaper aligns seamlessly with the strategic goals and priorities of the 147th Attack Wing,” said Col. Bif French, 147th Attack Wing deputy commander. “It elevates our capabilities in line with our state and national mission objectives, enhances operational flexibility, reinforces our commitment to innovation, and positions us to meet the challenges of today and anticipate those of the future, ensuring that the 147th remains a force ready and able to fulfill its critical role in national defense.”



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