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Europe/Japan Mercury Mission Goes Ahead
MORE ISR: The U.S. will send 50 additional MC-12 Liberty surveillance aircraft to Afghanistan in January, according to Pentagon spokesperson Geoff Morrell. “We’re going to want to dedicate some of these additional airframes to making sure our routes are clear,” Morrell says. The U.S. Air Force MC-12s provide “persistent eyes in the sky” against the emplacement of improvised explosive devices. “The whole point of them is that we can build them cheaply and quickly and make sure we can get more of them,” Morrell adds.