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UAE RQ-1E flies at UMEX

6th March 2018 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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A UAE armed forces' RQ-1E UAS has taken part in the live display at the Unmanned Systems Exhibition in Abu Dhabi, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) announced 2 March.

Held at Al Ain Airport in the UAE, the flight was part of a display focused on UAS for the defence and security sectors.

RQ-1E is the UAE designation for the Predator XP UAS.

David Alexander, president, aircraft systems, GA-ASI, said: 'We are very pleased the UAE armed forces decided to fly their RQ-1E at the show. Our aircraft typically spend their time high in the sky providing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance information to government and military operators. So it’s great that the audience who came out to Al Ain were able to see RQ-1E aircraft perform.’

The Predator XP/RQ-1E has an endurance of over 35 hours and the ability to ascend up to 25,000ft. The UAS has been designed with advanced technologies including an automatic takeoff and landing capability, redundant flight control surfaces, enhanced avionics, triple-redundant flight control computers and a high-definition EO/IR camera sensor. The system also features a wide-area search radar system for both overland and maritime surveillance and is equipped with both line-of-sight and beyond line-of-sight data link systems for over-the-horizon operations.

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