US Navy interested in air force’s retired MQ-1 Predator UAVs

US Navy (USN) officials are discussing acquiring General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) the US Air Force (USAF) plans to retire, according to a USAF spokesperson.

USAF spokesperson First Lieutenant Annabel Monroe said on 20 February that the USAF will cease MQ-1 flying operations on 9 March. However, she said, government contractors will continue flying the aircraft through the end of 2018. The USAF announced last week it is transitioning to an all MQ-9 Reaper force. The service has 93 Reapers, also developed by GA-ASI. The US Air Force will start sunsetting its MQ-1 fleet on 9 March. (GA-ASI) First Lt Monroe said the USAF is performing a screening process outlined in the Defense Material Disposition Manual (DMDM) in preparation of Predator retirement.