The Air Force hopes to certify the GBU-38 500-pound joint direct attack munition this July for operational use on the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle, the Aeronautical System Center at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, announced March 10, 2009. Here aircrews perform a preflight check on an MQ-9 before it takes off on a combat mission in Afghanistan, Oct. 1, 2008. Already Reapers carry laser-guided bombs and surface attack missiles in combat.
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