General Atomics and RUAG to offer Predator B to German Luftwaffe
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with RUAG Aerospace Services to offer the Predator B UAS to meet the surveillance needs of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The MOU contemplates that RUAG will assist in the adaptation of hardware to German national standards, offer guidance and support for German airworthiness certification requirements, and provide logistical, operational, and maintenance support of Predator B after delivery to the Federal Republic of Germany, should the type be chosen.
“GA-ASI’s establishment of a working relationship with RUAG represents a strategic commitment by both companies to support the German Armed Forces with a proven, affordable, and responsive solution to Germany’s ISR and defense requirements,” said Neal Blue, chairman and CEO, GA-ASI. “RUAG’s expertise and know-how in the development, manufacture, maintenance, and logistics support of aircraft systems for the German Armed Forces constitutes a strong complement to GA-ASI’s technical competence and expertise in the design, development, production, and operational support of Predator-class UAS with various integrated reconnaissance payloads.”
Featuring an extensive payload capacity (385 kg internally, 1360 kg externally), the multi-mission Predator B is a long-endurance, medium-high-altitude UAS that can be used for surveillance, military reconnaissance, and targeting missions. The aircraft has a maximum gross takeoff weight of 4763 kg, is powered by a Honeywell turboprop engine, has a maximum altitude of 15240 meters, and can stay aloft for up to 30 hours.