The Air Force believes an electrical issue, not enemy fire, caused its MQ-9 Reaper to crash in northern Syria on Tuesday, a spokesman told Air Force Magazine by email. Following the crash, ISIS-affiliated fighters posted video of the wreckage and claimed they shot down the remotely piloted aircraft, IHS Jane’s 360 reported. However, the service said the RPA was not brought down by enemy fire when announcing the mishap. The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing, the spokesman said, but “there are no indications that Da?esh [another term for ISIS] had anything to do with this.”
Boeing’s receipt of the 10th lot contract award for the KC-46 Pegasus this week leaves just three lots left to complete the Air Force’s buy of the tanker, although a further buy of 75 additional aircraft as a “bridge” to the Next-Generation Aerial-refueling System (NGAS) seems increasingly likely.