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Liberty Surveillance Aircraft Face Cuts

June 06 2012


A top defense official says the U.S. Air Force plans to reduce its fleet of MC-12 Liberty intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, reports Defense News.

The aircraft were rapidly acquired in 2008 to make up for shortfalls in the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle fleets.

As the Air Force develops more sophisticated surveillance platforms, fewer of the MC-12s will be needed, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told a Washington, D.C.,...

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