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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Predator UAV lost over Syria

MQ-1 PredatorAn MQ-1 Predator was lost Tuesday while flying over northwest Syria, according to a defense official.

Syria's official news agency claimed the drone hwas shot down, but the defense official was unable to say exactly how the unmanned aircraft crashed.

The Air Force is in the process of phasing out Predators in favor of the newer MQ-9 Reaper. The service's proposed budget for fiscal 2016 would raise the number of Reaper combat air patrols from 55 to 60 within a 24-hour period while lowering the number of combat air patrols Predators fly from 10 to five per day.

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