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09:27 AM, August 24, 2018
General Atomics Wins $123M for French MQ-9 Block 5 UAV Procurement Program
USAF MQ-9 Reaper drone (Image: General Atomics)

General Atomics has been awarded a $123 million contract for the France 3rd/4th Systems MQ-9 Block 5 procurement program.

Work is expected to be completed May 1, 2020. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition and involves foreign military sales to the government of France, the United States department of defense said in a statement Friday.

The turboprop-powered, multi-mission Predator® B Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) designated MQ-9 Reaper has an endurance of over 27 hours, speeds of 240 KTAS, can operate up to 50,000 feet, and has a 3,850 pound (1746 kilogram) payload capacity that includes 3,000 pounds (1361 kilograms) of external stores. 

Predator B is powered by Honeywell TPE331-10 turboprop engine and integrated with Digital Electronic Engine Control (DEEC).

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