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Protector RG Mk1  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2021
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: MQ-9B Protector
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
Parent System: Predator
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1995
Maiden Flight: July 1994
Total Production: 706
Family Members: Altair, Avenger ER, Mariner, MQ-1 Predator, MQ-1B Predator Block X, MQ-9A Reaper, MQ-9B SkyGuardian, Predator C Avenger, Reaper ER, RQ-1B Predator and Sea Avenger
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Description: The Protector is an unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) system developed by General Atomics Aeronautics Systems Inc (GA-ASI) based upon the US Air Force MQ-9 Reaper. Compared with the Reaper, the Protector will feature extended range and endurance, advanced data-link and imagery technology, greater weapons load, and automated take off and landing. Besides, the new aircraft will be resilient against ice, fire and lightning. The United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defense (MoD) awarded GA-ASI a £100 million pound contract for the Protector development in December 2016. The new aircraft will be armed with Brimstone 2 and Paveway IV bombs. The Protector is expected to enter service with the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 2021.

Protector RG Mk1 News

There are 6 news between
4 Dec 2016 and 22 Aug 2019
Thursday, August 22, 2019RAF Protector Combat Drone Demonstrated Successfully
Thursday, January 24, 2019RAF Protector RG Mk1 Aircraft to Get Brimstone Missile
Wednesday, July 11, 2018MQ-9B SkyGuardian Completes First Trans-Atlantic Flight
Tuesday, March 27, 2018United Kingdom Orders Brimstone 2 Missile to Arm Typhoon Jets
Monday, January 22, 2018General Atomcis Demonstrates SATCOM Launch and Recovery Capability for MQ-9B
Sunday, December 4, 2016Royal Air Force to Get Protector Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle by 2021

Operators & Related Equipment


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Defensive Weapons
Brimstone 2
Paveway IV
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