Five companies have formed an alliance to supply weapons, sensors and other equipment and components for current and future variants of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Protector unmanned aerial systems (UASs) being developed for the UK Royal Air Force (RAF).
GA-ASI President Dave Alexander told a media briefing during the Farnborough International Airshow that the company aims to work with partners in the United Kingdom as the Protector programme goes forward.
Representatives of Leonardo, GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business unit, MBDA, Raytheon UK and Cobham attended the briefing to signal their interest in the programme, which aims to replace early in the next decade the GA-ASI MQ-9 Reaper UASs operated by the RAF.
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