General Atomics has won a $91 million contract to support United Kingdom’s (UK’s) MQ-9A Contractor Logistics Support Phase IV Program.
This contract provides for depot repair, life cycle sustainment, and software maintenance services for UK's MQ-9A fleet. The contract involves 100 percent foreign military sales (FMS) to the UK, the US Department of Defense said in a statement Monday.
The MQ-9 Reaper (sometimes called Predator B) is a UAV capable of remotely controlled or autonomous flight operations. It is the first hunter-killer drone designed for long-endurance, high-altitude surveillance. Predator B has an endurance of over 27 hours, a speed of 240 knots true airspeed, can operate at an altitude of up to 50,000 feet, and has a 3,850 pound (1,746 kg) payload capacity that includes 3,000 pounds (1,361 kg) of external stores.
Work is expected to be completed September 30, 2021.