GA-ASI improving Predator B to increase NATO interoperability

Remotely piloted aircraft producer General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced on June 26 that it will initiate an independent research and development effort to enhance its Predator B surveillance capabilities. The goal is to ensure interoperability with NATO allies and to comply with international airworthiness requirements. To do so, GA-ASI has entered a formal contract with its long-standing German partner, RUAG Aerospace Services, for enhanced collaboration.

“Predator B is the most cost-effective and best-valued RPA in its class and continues to draw significant interest from our NATO allies,” said Neal Blue, GA-ASI chairman and CEO. The envisioned solution is a Predator B with a multination, certifiable and exportable configuration built upon previously designed systems.

Predator B is a medium-altitude RPA that provides surveillance, military reconnaissance, and targeting missions support for land and sea warfighters. Predator B is currently operational with the U.S Air Force, the Royal Air Force and the Italian Air Force. Since its first flight in 2001, some 140 Predator Bs have logged more than 575,000 flight hours.

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