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General Atomics nets first US customer for MQ-9B SkyGuardian UAS

6th March 2023 - 18:00 GMT | by Harry Lye in London

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Air Force Special Operations Command will receive three MQ-9B SkyGuardian aircraft. (Photo: GA-ASI)

Air Force Special Operations Command is procuring the MQ-9B SkyGuardian to support its Adaptive Airborne Enterprise concept.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc (GA-ASI) has netted the first US customer for its MQ-9B SkyGuardian remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) with a selection by Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).

Under a new contract, GA-ASI will provide AFSOC with three MQ-9B aircraft, following in the footsteps of the UK, Belgium and Japan, among others.

The AFSOC acquisition of the MQ-9B builds on over 14 years' experience operating the MQ-9A Reaper.

GA-ASI president David R Alexander said: 'We're very excited to continue our great partnership with AFSOC well into the future,

'MQ-9B is the ideal platform for inserting air-launched

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Harry Lye was Senior Naval Reporter at Shephard Media.

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