The first Air Force MC-12W intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance aircraft destined for operations in Afghanistan arrived at Bagram Airfield, Dec. 27, 2009. That same day, Bagram's 455th Air Expeditionary Wing stood up the 4th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron that will operate these twin-engine turboprop aircraft. By late summer 2010, the Air Force expects to have 24 MC-12s operating in Afghanistan, providing real-time overhead video imagery and signals intelligence to ground troops at tactical levels. Already six MC-12s operate in Iraq out of Joint Base Balad. Here, the aircraft upon its arrival at Bagram.
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