Military Embedded Systems

GA-ASI will deliver 16 Protector remotely piloted air systems for UK MoD

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July 21, 2020

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Photo: GA-ASI

SAN DIEGO. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc (GA-ASI) has signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to make and deliver a total of 16 Protector RG Mk1 remotely piloted air systems (RPAS).

Under the terms of the contract, GA-ASI will receive an initial order of three platforms, with an option for another 13 platforms, and seven ground contriol stations, plus associated ground support equipment. The first system is set to be delivered in 2021, although it will remain in the U.S. to be used in the test and evaluation program.

GA-ASI information reveals that the MQ-9B "SkyGuardian" is the system that will be used for the baseline build of the future Protector RG Mk1 as configured for the RAF. The RAF's configuration includes X-band satellite communications and U.K.-focused weapons systems.