MQ-9 demonstration in Japan

The MQ-9 Guardian has a difierent configuration to the MQ-9 Reaper.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated (GA-ASI) has begun a series of demonstration flights of its MQ-9 Guardian in Japan.

The commencement of the flights was announced on May 9, 2018 after the initiative was made public in mid-April.

At the time of the initial announcement, GA-ASI said that the MQ-9 Guardian remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) would be used to conduct maritime surveillance flights in which data and scientific research would be collected.

A company press release said the flights would be operated from the island of Iki, in Nagasaki Prefecture and the Guardian would be in a configuration similar to that flown by the US Department of Homeland Security.

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