General Atomics has hosted an industry showcase to recognise the UK companies contributing to operational systems.
Showing how British firms are contributing to systems including the MQ-9 Reaper, the MQ-1C Gray Eagle and the new MQ-9B Skyguardian RPA program, the event also featured contract signings with MBDA and Raytheon UK to integrate UK weapons onto the Protector RG Mk1.
Additionally, the showcase featured a new Memorandum of Agreement with BAE Systems to collaborate on integration of RPA into UK national airspace.
The likes of Abaco Systems, Cosworth, GKN Aerospace and Raytheon were among the UK partners in attendance.
Linden Blue, CEO at GA-ASI, said: “We have been working with our UK teammates, in some cases for many years already, to make the RAF’s procurement of Protector a significant success.”
He added: “Protector will be an example for other allied nations to follow, thereby creating more opportunities for UK aerospace industry.”
In July 2018, SkyGuardian became the first Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) RPA to fly non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean.