UK Pro­tec­tor UAV Pro­gramme

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Acon­tract has been signed by Gen­eral Atomics Aero­nau­ti­cal Sys­tems Inc (GA-ASI) for de­vel­op­ment of the UK’s new Pro­tec­tor un­manned air ve­hi­cle. The agree­ment will have GA-ASI de­velop its cur­rent UAV tech­nol­ogy into the new ‘Pro­tec­tor’, which will be along with Brim­stone 2 mis­siles and Pave­way IV laser-guided bombs. The type is ex­pected to en­ter ser­vice with the Royal Air Force in 2021. Ear­lier, ap­proval was granted for the For­eign Mil­i­tary Sale to the UK of up to 26 Gen­eral Atomics Cer­ti­fi­able Preda­tor B Re­motely Pi­loted Air­craft (RPA), plus equip­ment, train­ing and sup­port, at an es­ti­mated cost of $ 1 bil­lion. The RAF’s cur­rent fleet of ten MQ-9A Preda­tors will be re­placed by the Pro­tec­tor.

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