2007-06-24 - Predator B in GermanyPredator B marketed in Germany
Diehl BGT Defence bietet Predator für Luftwaffe an<br /> General Atomics Aeronautical Systems and Diehl BGT Defence, a leading German defence contractor, signed a teaming agreement for marketing the Predator B UAS in Germany.
The German Government has launched a program called SAATEG (System fuer die abbildende Aufklaerung in der Tiefe des Einsatzgebietes; In-Theatre Reconnaissance) which has identified a requirement for a MALE (Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance) UAS capable of providing imaging intelligence for its armed forces in international missions. The German requirement is an immediate one, i.e. Initial Operating Capability (IOC) is scheduled as early as 2010.
"The multi-mission Predator B has long demonstrated superior reliability, affordability, and surveillance capabilities," said Thomas J. Cassidy, Jr., president, Aircraft Systems Group, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. "We are convinced it will exceed German expectations and are very pleased to team with Diehl BGT Defence in this important initiative. Diehl will assist GA-ASI in the execution of the program in Germany." "Cooperation with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems puts Diehl BGT Defence into a position of entering the future market of unmanned aerial systems," remarked Claus Günther, executive board member, responsible for Diehl Defence business. "Moreover, this collaboration reflects a proven tradition of Diehl which possesses many years of experience in transatlantic cooperation."