General Atomics recognises UK firms contributing to operational systems

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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.

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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.

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