How the MQ-9 Reaper Works

Reaper Capabilities: What Can It Do?

A Reaper takes off at Creech Air Force Base.
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One important thing to remember about the Reaper (and the Predator as well) is that the Reaper is a weapons system and not just an individual drone. Each Reaper system consists of four individual Reaper drones operated by four different flight teams (we'll talk about these flight teams a little more in the next section). The whole system costs about $54 million to build [source: USAF].