US approves Certifiable Predator B sale to UK

17 November 2016
The GA-ASI Certifiable Predator B (CPB) unmanned aerial vehicle, which will be the new Protector platform for the United Kingdom. Source: GA-ASI

The US State Department has approved the sale of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Certifiable Predator B (CPB) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the United Kingdom, the Defense Security and Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 16 November.

The approval covers the sale of 16 of the medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) vehicles, with options for a further 10. Along with equipment, training, and support, the sale is valued at USD1 billion.

According to the notification, the proposed sale includes: 26 UAVs; 12 ground control stations (GCSs) (four, plus options for eight); four launch-and-recovery GCSs; four upgrades to existing Block 15 launch-and-recovery GCSs (two plus options for two); 25 multispectral targeting systems (12 plus two spares, with options for an additional 10 plus 1 spare); 25 AN/APY-8 Lynx IIe Block 20A synthetic aperture radar and ground moving target indicators (SAR/GMTI) (12 plus 2 spares, with option for additional 10 plus 1 spare); as well as navigation and weapons installation equipment. Contractor logistics support for two (plus an optional three) years is included also.

The proposed sale must now be approved by the US Congress ahead of a contract signature.

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