GA-ASI to de­velop Preda­tor B vari­ant to meet Nato/euro­pean air­wor­thi­ness stan­dards

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Gen­eral Atomics Aero­nau­ti­cal Sys­tems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a lead­ing man­u­fac­turer of re­motely pi­loted air­craft (RPA), is un­der­tak­ing in­de­pen­dent re­search and de­vel­op­ment (IRAD) ef­fort to de­velop a vari­ant of its Preda­tor B RPA that is fully com­pli­ant with the air­wor­thi­ness re­quire­ments of the US Air Force and an­tic­i­pated NATO for­eign cus­tomers, as well as of­fers en­hanced ca­pa­bil­i­ties for in­te­gra­tion into do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional airspace.

It is en­vi­sioned that the sys­tem so­lu­tion will be a multi-na­tion, cer­ti­fi­able, ex­portable con­fig­u­ra­tion built upon the com­pany’s Block 5 Preda­tor B air­craft ca­pa­bil­i­ties and ad­vanced cock­pit ground con­trol sta­tion (GCS) lay­out.

“Preda­tor B is the most cost-ef­fec­tive and best-val­ued RPA in its class and con­tin­ues to draw sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­est from our NATO al­lies,” said Neal Blue, chair­man and CEO, GA-ASI.

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