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MC-12 Liberty delivered to Air Force

WICHITA, Kan., April 13 (UPI) -- Hawker Beechcraft has delivered the first MC-12 Liberty intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to the U.S. Air Force.

The MC-12 special-mission turboprop aircraft is an initiative to increase ISR capabilities in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility and is part of Defense Secretary Robert Gates's ISR task force.

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The Air Force has ordered 37 of the MC-12 aircraft for the Project Liberty program, the Air Force reported.

"The MC-12 brings additional electro-optical and infrared full-motion video and signals intelligence to troops on the ground," Brig. Gen. Blair Hansen, ISR capabilities director, said in a statement.

"Through their advanced technology and reliability, these aircraft will increase the number of combat air patrols downrange."

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