MQ-9B SkyGuardian

Australia scraps MQ-9B SkyGuardian acquisition plans

The Australian DoD has scrapped its planned acquisition of at least 12 General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) MQ-9B SkyGuardian armed, medium-range, long-endurance UAVs under Project AIR 7003

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RAF prepares to receive the Protector RG1

Throughout August and September, a General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9B SkyGuardian has been performing demonstration operations from RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, as part of the SkyGuardian to the UK 2021 programme

US approves MQ-9B sale to Australia

The US State Department has approved the possible Foreign Military Sale of 12 ‘weapons-ready’ GA-ASI MQ-9B remotely-piloted aircraft to the Australian government

UK’s first Protector RPAS takes flight

On September 25, the first Protector RG1 remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) for the Royal Air Force (RAF) took to the skies for its maiden flight in the US

UK, Belgium announce MQ-9B collaboration

The UK and Belgium revealed they are exploring General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9B SkyGuardian remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) collaboration on August 17, the same week as Belgium announced its SkyGuardian contract.

UK orders first three Protectors

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has been contracted by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to build its first three Protector RG1 unmanned combat air systems (UCAS) for the Royal Air Force.