September 25, 2017
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GA-ASI names newest Predator B variant
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, (GA ASI) recently launched a “Type-Certifiable” (STANAG 4571) version of its Predator B product line, called SkyGuardian, before an audience of international dignitaries from nine nations including the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Australia, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, and the United States. SkyGuardian is the result of a five-year long company funded effort to deliver a RPA system that can operate under the stringent airworthiness requirements of non-military airspace. The aircraft leverages the legacy of the multi-mission Predator B fleet, which has amassed nearly two million flight hours. SkyGuardian can fly in excess of 35 hours with airspeeds up to 210 knots, and reach altitudes of more than 14,000 meters. The SkyGuardian name reflects the system’s role in protecting ground forces, as well as its performance of non-military missions like border-surveillance, maritime patrol, and relief over-watch in cases of natural disaster.