General Atomics will develop their current drone technology into new unmanned aerial vehicles for use by the Royal Air Force.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has agreed £100 million (US$ 127 million) contract to develop Protector Remotely Piloted Air System especially for RAF.
“Britain faces ever-evolving threats and we must look at innovative solutions to stay ahead of our enemies. Doubling investment in our unmanned air fleet will substantially enhance both the intelligence gathering and firepower of the RAF,” Fallon said Sunday.
Protector will be equipped with advanced imaging and enhanced data-link technology. There are also plans for Protector to be armed with UK-made Brimstone 2 missiles and Paveway IV laser-guided bombs.
Sir Michael Fallon is in the US as a keynote speaker at the annual Reagan National Defence Forum, in California, where he will meet US Secretary for Defence Ash Carter and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Dunford.
Speaking at the Forum, the Defence Secretary underlined close collaboration between the two countries on future defence technologies was emphasised recently in a joint agreement to explore the impact that robotic and autonomous systems might have on resupplying the military, with the first demonstration due next October.
Chief Executive Officer of the MOD’s Defence Equipment & Support organisation, Tony Douglas, said, Building on our current Unmanned Aerial Vehicle capability, the next-generation Protector will offer improved range and endurance, greater weapons capacity, automated take-off and landing and better resilience against the elements.
General Atomics Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system has completed the first fly-in aircraft recovery of an F/A-18E Super Hornet. The demonstration was conducted on October 13, 2016 at the Runway Arrested Landing Site (RALS) at Joint base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey
The US State Department has approved sale of Predator B Remotely Piloted Aircraft, equipment, training, and support for $1 billion to the United Kingdom. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 16, 2016, DSCA said in a startement Thursday
General Atomics has won a $9.6 million U
General Atomics has won a $370 million US Air Force contract to produce 30 MQ-9 Reaper drones. The company's H30 aircraft will be delivered by May 31, 2019, the US Defense Department announced
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) completed the first aircraft arrestment made with the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) on March 31. GA-EMS, in collaboration with the US Navy, conducted the arrestment of an F/A-18E Super Hornet at the Runway Arrested Landing Site (RALS) located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, in Lakehurst, New Jersey
MBDA has received a contract for the integration of its Brimstone high-precision strike missile onto the Royal Air Forces Protector RG Mk1 remotely piloted aircraft developed and manufactured by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. Brimstone and Protector RG Mk1 will provide key new capabilities to the Royal Air Forces ISTAR force, enabling them to engage high-speed moving and manoeuvring targets (including maritime fast attack craft for the first time)
UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Sentinel surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft played an 'important part' in the gathering of information to support the ground campaign by Iraqi forces in the recapture of Mosul city from Islamic State (Daesh) terrorists, the UK MoD has announced. UK Air Force Sentinel R1 aircraft based at RAF Waddington has returned after performing the latest mission in support of coalition in the fight against Daesh in the Middle East
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has developed a High Energy Pulsed Power Container (HEPPC) that provides twice the energy density than existing railgun pulsed power solutions. The HEPPC can reduce the number of pulsed power containers required to launch projectiles or hybrid missiles from a railgun weapon system, providing greater flexibility for future Navy and Army railgun applications, the company said in a statement Thursday
General Atomics has been awarded a $56 million contract for the Spain MQ-9 Exportable Block 5 Procurement program. Contractor will provide MQ-9 aircraft and its associated equipment
General Atomics has won $26 million worth two contracts for MQ-9 Block 5 Exportability acquisition and Electrical Safety Improvement (ESIP) retrofit kits. General Atomics won $17 million contract for MQ-9 Block 5 Exportability acquisition for future foreign military sales to France and Spain
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