GKN Aerospace will manufacture advanced composite V-tails for GA-ASI’s new MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) under an agreement the company signed with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI).
SkyGuardian is the baseline system of the UK Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Protector RG Mk1 and has also been selected by Belgian Defence and the Australian Defence Force.
GKN Aerospace will produce the parts for 10 years.
GA-ASI and GKN Aerospace had previously entered into a pre-production contract, under which GA-ASI provided the required engineering technical data and tooling, and GKN Aerospace developed their manufacturing processes and produced demonstrator parts. Under this latest agreement, GKN Aerospace will begin full rate production of the V-tails from the Cowes facility to support MQ-9B aircraft production.
GKN Aerospace has been a part of GA-ASI’s MQ-9 program since 2010. It has produced “fit and forget” fuel bladder systems, fuel bladders and lightweight landing gear system.