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European RPAS summit

C. Ames: “The Predator will provide Spain with a proven, reliable and effective situation awareness”

GA-ASI’s Vice President for Europe and NATO, Christopher Ames. Image: Infodefensa.com

GA-ASI’s Vice President for Europe and NATO, Christopher Ames. Image: Infodefensa.com

30/05/2018 | León

The United States-based company General Atomics, along with its Spanish partner Sener, will be exhibiting the capabilities of its Predator B system - a MALE (Medium Altitude, Long Endurance) aircraft that will be used by the Spanish Air Force starting next year - at this week’s European summit on RPAS for security and defense, UNVEX S&D, taking place in the northwestern Spanish city of León..

In interview with Infodefensa.com, GA-ASI’s Vice President for Europe and NATO, Christopher Ames, dissected this RPAS’ main features.

What are the Predator system’s characteristics?

Proven reliability is chief among the MQ-9A Reaper’s characteristics. More than 300 MQ-9A have been produced and have flown collectively more than 2 million flight hours with 90% of those flight hours flown in combat. MQ-9A has further achieved a greater than 90% system operational availability rate, the highest of any manned or unmanned aircraft in the U.S. Air Force inventory. Spain joins other...

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