The UK Royal Air force awaits the delivery of a “the turboprop-powered, multi-mission” Predator B that has been scheduled to be delivered in the year 2018. The aircraft was completed and made to be able to meet the standards that the NATO requires on November 17. The manufacture of the aircraft is an American “defense contractor” known as General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA ASI) head quartered out of San Diego, CA.
The beginning of the production of the latest Predator B was originally an inside project that allowed customization and enhancement of their remotely piloted aircraft in 2012. GA-ASI was successful enough to be able to launch their maiden flight in Palmdale, California at the Gray Brutte Flight Operation facility that hadn’t been announced till a week later.
The aircraft is measured to be an approximate 13 feet longer than the average Reaper. The Predator has been enhanced to be longer, stronger, and able to endure more.
The NATO requires the aircraft to meet up to those standards of STANAG 4671. The STANAG 4671 is
”A document released in 2007 that established airworthiness requirements for military fixed-wing unmanned aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight of up to 20,000 kg (44,092 pounds).”
The GA-ASI will assemble a total of 5 predator aircrafts within their project. Three of the predators will be owned by the company for their at will use. An addition 2 of the aircrafts will be left uncompleted as airframes to be tested. Since the RAF is scheduled to deliver in the year 2018, there will be tested being ran for the next two years.
The GA-ASI has declared to the TCPB that they
“Will be offered in several configurations, including an unweaponized maritime patrol variant to support open-ocean and littoral surface surveillance for border patrol, coast guard and disaster relief missions.”
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