The MQ-9A Reaper crash north of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, on Nov. 18, 2015, was caused by “a compressor bearing failure that led to engine loss,” according the Accident Investigation Board report, released Tuesday. At the time of the accident, the Reaper was assigned to the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon AFB, N.M. The report found that the operating crew failed to notice the high oil pressure associated with the bearing failure because of the “lack of an audible warning.” While the operators were at the end of their shift at the time of the crash, the report found “no evidence to suggest crew rest or crew duty time were factors in this mishap.” Crews recreating the accident conditions during the investigation also failed to notice the warning signs, according to the report. The aircraft was destroyed at a loss of $14,391,950. No private property was damaged and there were no fatalities.
Details Murky as ARRW Falls Short in Second Test
March 24, 2023
The second all-up flight of the AGM-183A ARRW hypersonic missile apparently fell short of expectations, but the AIr Force isn't saying how, reporting only that the test met "several of the objectives" of the test. Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control recently said he company is "ready to go" to…