CERTIFIABLE PREDA­TOR B RPA

SP's Aviation - - MILITARY -

GA-ASI is de­vel­op­ing a vari­ant of the Preda­tor B RPA which will ini­tially meet Euro­pean air­wor­thi­ness ini­tial cer­ti­fi­ca­tion stan­dards in 2017 and in co­op­er­a­tion with the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FAA) of the US, will sub­se­quently meet do­mes­tic air­wor­thi­ness cer­ti­fi­ca­tion stan­dards. It lever­ages both the Preda­tor B RPA and Ad­vanced Cock­pit Ground Con­trol Sta­tion as points of de­par­ture sys­tems and iden­ti­fies and in­cor­po­rates the changes needed to achieve a CPB sys­tem. The im­prove­ments will be car­ried out both in hard­ware and soft­ware to in­clude im­proved Preda­tor B struc­tural fa­tigue and dam­age tol­er­ance and more re­li­able flight con­trol soft­ware, as well as en­hance­ments al­low­ing op­er­a­tions in ad­verse weather in­clud­ing ic­ing con­di­tions. Ad­di­tion­ally, the air­craft will be de­signed to sur­vive bird and light­ning strikes. The CPB is highly mod­u­lar in con­struc­tion and is eas­ily con­fig­ured with a va­ri­ety of pay­loads to meet mis­sion re­quire­ments. The UAV is ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing mul­ti­ple mis­sion pay­loads and in­cludes a state-of-the-art De­tect and Avoid sys­tem. It will have ad­e­quate space, weight and power pro­vi­sions to en­able the retrofitting of an air­borne Due Re­gard Radar for op­er­a­tion in non-co­op­er­a­tive ft, max­i­mum en­durance of over 40 hours and max­i­mum true air­speed of 200 knots. It can be re­motely pi­loted or fly in au­ton­o­mous mode. It also has au­to­matic take-off and land­ing ca­pa­bil­ity apart from other fea­tures and ISR ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

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