posted on Oct, 19 2008 @ 11:09 PM
The only realistic way I see this going forward is if the Army feels this move will not impact its already established plants to acquire the MQ-1C.
The MQ-1B can serve as a stop gap measure until the C fleet comes up to speed. It also allows the USAF to get the ground commanders off its back
(somewhat) for their constant request of more UCAVs. Not to mention allowing the USAF to focus more effort on the more capable Reaper, as well as make
the case for a bigger Reaper fleet. In the end it's all about funding, so yeah, it is kind of a "win-win" situation.