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Farnborough 2016: CPB revealed as Protector

12th July 2016 - 11:00 GMT | by Richard Thomas in Farnborough

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Flight tests of the Certifiable Predator B UAV are expected to begin later this year, as General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) announced that the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected the platform to fulfill the country's ISTAR requirements.

The platforms, thought to number around 20, will be delivered through a hybrid foreign military sale/direct commercial sale agreement with the US government.

Construction of the new variant of the established MQ-9 Reaper has already begun with fuselage integration currently underway, followed by wing and tail integration planned for late summer 2016. Flight testing of the CPB airframe is scheduled for …

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