The U.S. Air Force's Air Combat Command said it is studying how it would use air-to-air missiles carried by the MQ-9 Predator-B unmanned aerial vehicle. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., maker of the MQ-9, is in line to receive a contract from the service to move the UAV into the production stage and outfit it with a variety of weapons, including air-to-air types. The MQ-9 has a 3,000-pound carrying capacity, "so you have a lot of flexibility, but at each [wing] station ...

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