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DSEI 2021: RAF says Waddington will be MQ-9B global training hub

13th September 2021 - 14:00 GMT | by Trevor Nash in Holsworthy

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Belgian Air Component airmen discuss the Protector with a GS-ASI staff member. (Photo: Belgian MOD)

The UK is to build a Protector International Training Centre at RAF Waddington, hoping to attract operators from around the world.

The RAF announced in a recent media briefing that its Waddington base will house a new Protector International Training Centre (PITC).

RAF Waddington was selected as the home of the PITC, as part of a £94 million ($130 million) investment into infrastructure improvements to assist with accommodating Protector ahead of its entry into service in 2024.

Shephard Defence Insight notes the RAF has 16 Protector RG Mk1 Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS) on order, with the General Atomics MQ-9B SkyGuardian serving as the baseline system being configured for the RAF. It includes X-band satellite communications and support for UK weapon systems, as

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