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General Atomics confirms UAE Predator delivery

17 February 2017
The Predator XP is the same size as the RQ-1 and MQ-1 Predators but can be differentiated by its winglets.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has now taken delivery of all the Predator XP unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that it has ordered, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has confirmed to Jane's.

It declined to say when and how many Predator XPs were delivered and what payloads they are fitted with, but said the UAE is using the designation RQ-1E for the aircraft, which is an unarmed Predator version designed so that it can be exported to more countries than the types used by the US military.

The UAE's AED722 million (USD197 million) order for an unspecified number of aircraft and ground-control stations with a full support package was announced in February 2015.

Although the UAE is the only country that has ordered the type, GA-ASI said it has "ongoing conversations with a number of other countries who are evaluating Predator XP".

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