GA-ASI is developing a variant of the Predator® B Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) which will initially meet European airworthiness initial certification standards in 2017, and in cooperation with the FAA will subsequently meet domestic airworthiness certification standards. It leverages both the Predator B RPA and Advanced Cockpit Ground Control Station (GCS) as points of departure systems and identifies and incorporates the changes needed to achieve a Certifiable Predator B (CPB) system.
Both hardware and software upgrades will be made, such as improved Predator B structural fatigue and damage tolerance and more robust flight control software, as well as enhancements allowing operations in adverse weather including icing conditions. Additionally, the aircraft will be designed to survive bird and lightning strikes.
CPB is highly modular and is easily configured with a variety of payloads to meet mission requirements. The aircraft is capable of carrying multiple mission payloads and includes a state-of-the art Detect and Avoid (DAA) system including space, weight, and power provisions to enable the retrofitting of an airborne Due Regard Radar (DRR) for operation in non-cooperative airspace.
- Compliant with NATO flight certification and other standards
- STANAG 4671/UK DEFSTAN 00-970
- DO-254A, DO-160B, DO-178C
- Remotely piloted or automatic
- Automatic takeoff and landing capability
- Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
- Triple-redundant avionics/dual redundant flight controls
- De-ice, lightning protection, fire detection systems
- MIL-STD-1760 Stores Management System
- 9 external stores stations
- C-Band line-of-sight data link
- Ku-Band SATCOM data link
- Provisions for DRR retrofit kit
- Certifiable GCS
- DO-254 compliant multi-core computer
- DO-178 flight control software
- Certified displays and full payload separation