13 Mar '18, 11am

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The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is preparing for the introduction into service of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Protector unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), with a dedicated team currently working through the issues in the United States. The Protector Combined Test Team (CTT) is now co-ordinating the testing and evaluation of the Protector system, which will replace the GA-ASI MQ-9 Reaper UAV in RAF service, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) reported on 13 March. As noted by the MoD, this Wing Commander-led CTT comprises experienced pilots, sensor operators, and engineers from the RAF; industry partners; and the US Air Force (USAF). An important aspect of the work of the CTT will be to ensure that Protector complies with national and international airspace and safety regulations. The United Kingdom is investing in an initial 16 Protectors, but has a stated ...

Full article: http://www.janes.com/article/78529/uk-prepares-for-protec...

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