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UK nears end of Protector road

17th November 2016 - 10:37 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London


The acquisition by the UK of the next generation Certifiable Predator B (CPB), which will be known as Protector when in service, has moved a step closer to fruition following the US State Department’s approval on November 16 of a possible foreign military sale.

Including the aircraft, equipment, training and support the estimated cost comes to $1 billion. The principal contractors will be GA-ASI in San Diego, California.

The UK already operates the MQ-9 Reaper, also from GA-ASI, which is currently deployed combating Daesh. British forces also operate the Watchkeeper UAV as well as a range of smaller UAS

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Richard Thomas


Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas is the Senior Editor, Naval at Shephard Media. Richard joined the company in …

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