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General Atomics Completes FAA-Approved SkyGuardian Drone Flight; Linden Blue Comments

General Atomics Completes FAA-Approved SkyGuardian Drone Flight; Linden Blue Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event

General Atomics Completes FAA-Approved SkyGuardian Drone Flight; Linden Blue Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting eventGeneral Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business has flown the MQ-9B SkyGuardian remotely piloted aircraft in non-restricted airspace after the company received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The company said Friday the MQ-9B RPA flew a 275-mile trip that lasted approximately one hour and 45 minutes from Laguna Airfield at Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona to the Gray Butte Flight Operations facility near Palmdale, California.

MQ-9B is a variant of the Predator B unmanned aircraft system.

“This flight is another milestone in our progression towards delivering an RPA system that meets NATO airworthiness requirements for UAS,” said Linden Blue, CEO of GA-ASI.

Blue added SkyGuardian can integrate into civil airspace operations worldwide if the platform receives international type-certification.

The U.K. air force is buying a weaponized version of the drone through the service branch’s MQ-9B PROTECTOR program, General Atomics noted.

MQ-9B will continue to undergo qualification tests over the next two years and the company expects to begin delivery of UAS to the Royal Air Force early next decade.

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