General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) has been selected to provide Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper Medium Altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) UAS to the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF).
“We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to meet the UAS requirements of the Royal Netherlands Air Force,” said Linden Blue, CEO of GA-ASI. “We are committed to providing a NATO-interoperable solution that enhances the ISR capabilities of the Netherlands and the Alliance.”
The multi-mission Predator B has up to 26 hours of flight endurance and carries HD-video sensors (optical and IR), ground-imaging/MTI/maritime radar, and other surveillance sensors. The aircraft features an extensive payload capacity (386 kg internally, 1361 kg externally), with a maximum altitude of 45,000 feet/13700 meters.
The existing MQ-9 fleet has logged over two million operational flight hours with the USAF, UK RAF, Italian and French Air Forces, NASA and the US DHS. The Spanish Air Force is scheduled to take delivery of MQ-9 systems in 2019.
General Atomics has been awarded a $329 million contract for MQ‐1 Predator and MQ‐9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft support and services. This contract provides for core management, logistics support, configuration management, technical manual and software maintenance, contractor field service representative support, inventory control point management, flight operations support, depot repair, and depot field maintenance, US department of defense said in a statement Friday
The US Air Force plans to retire the MQ-1Predator Attack drone in early 2018 and shift to the more modern MQ-9 due to its increased speed, high-definition sensors and the ability to carry more munitions. These combat attributes allow the MQ-9 to complete a wider array of mission sets which can help the Air Force stay prepared in the fight
General Atomics wins $349 million worth US Air Force contract for MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial systems support and services. “General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc
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In a first direct competition between Chinese and United States military products, the formers Wing Loong II drone will be competing against the United States MQ-9 Predator B in a potential tender for UAVs in Malaysia. The Wing Loong II put up a flying and static display while the MQ-9 was only on static display at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition that concluded last week in the Malaysian resort Island
General Atomics has concluded performance testing of the arresting hook Hold Down Damper (HDD) for its proposed MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueling aircraft for the United States Navy. GA-ASI worked in collaboration with a team from GKN Aerospaces Fokker business unit in Helmond, Netherlands
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