AERONAUTICAL Systems conducted the first flight of its Certifiable Predator B (CPB) remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) at its Gray Butte flight operations facility near Palmdale, California, on November 17. The latest Predator variant is designed to meet NATO unmanned air vehicle airworthiness requirements and is the first RPA system to be compliant with an international type certification standard, which will allow it to be integrated more easily into civil airspace operations around the world.

The United Kingdom is the first customer for the CPB under the Protector program, and deliveries to the UK’s Royal Air Force are expected to begin in late 2018 once qualification testing for type certification is completed.

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