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LIMA 2019: Grin, Reaper, for regional opportunities abound

26th March 2019 - 15:37 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Langkawi


General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) is sensing many opportunities around the Asia-Pacific region for its MQ-9 UAV family, starting with a Malaysian requirement for an aircraft capable of maritime surveillance.

Malaysia issued a simple, one-page RfI for such a MALE UAV last December, and GA-ASI has responded to it.

While some cynics might suggest that the RfI was issued simply to draw out OEMs and attract some semblance of excitement at LIMA 2019, GA-ASI believes Malaysia has a genuine requirement in this area.

GA-ASI has offered both an MQ-9A Guardian and an MQ-9B SeaGuardian. The latter, while more expensive

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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