Demonstration Series Will Culminate with Exercise Joint Warrior in September
RAF WADDINGTON – 25 August 2021 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) began its series of European flight demonstrations using a company-owned MQ-9B SeaGuardian® Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), in partnership with the Royal Air Force (RAF). The demonstration series will run through September and showcase the many operational capabilities of the MQ-9B, including the platform’s advanced maritime Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), Detect and Avoid System (DAAS), industry-leading endurance, and interoperability with NATO partners.
The SeaGuardian is the maritime version of the MQ-9B SkyGuardian®. The RAF has ordered 16 Protector RG Mk1 RPA systems as part of its Protector program. The Protector is a derivative of the SkyGuardian, featuring an array of UK-supplier modifications.