United King­dom – cer­ti­fi­able Predator B re­motely pi­loted air­craft

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The US State Depart­ment has made a de­ter­mi­na­tion ap­prov­ing a pos­si­ble for­eign mil­i­tary sale to the United King­dom for cer­ti­fi­able Predator B re­motely pi­loted air­craft, equip­ment, train­ing, and sup­port. The es­ti­mated cost is $1.0 bil­lion. The De­fense Se­cu­rity Co­op­er­a­tion Agency de­liv­ered the re­quired cer­ti­fi­ca­tion no­ti­fy­ing Congress of this pos­si­ble sale on Novem­ber 16, 2016.

The United King­dom UK re­quested a pos­si­ble sale of up to 26 cer­ti­fi­able Predator B. Re­motely Pi­loted Air­craft; and 12 ad­vanced ground con­trol sta­tions (GCSs); four new Launch and Re­cov­ery El­e­ment GCSs; four up­grades to ex­ist­ing Blk 15 Launch and re­cov­ery el­e­ment GCSs; 25 multi-spec­tral tar­get­ing Sys­tems; 25 AN/ APY-8 lynx IIe block 20A syn­thetic aper­ture radar and ground mov­ing tar­get in­di­ca­tors (SAR/GMTI) and; 86 em­bed­ded global po­si­tion­ing sys­tem/in­er­tial guid­ance units (EGIs).

This sale also in­cludes com­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment, iden­ti­fi­ca­tion friend or foe (IFF) equip­ment; weapons in­stal­la­tion kits; TPE331-10YGD en­gines; unique and com­mon spares pack­age; sup­port equip­ment; US air force tech­ni­cal or­ders; coun­try spe­cific tech­ni­cal or­ders; con­trac­tor lo­gis­tics sup­port for two (op­tional three) years; con­trac­tor pro­vided air­craft com­po­nents, spares, and ac­ces­sories; per­son­nel train­ing; and other re­lated el­e­ments of lo­gis­ti­cal and pro­gramme sup­port.

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