General Atomics’ aeronautical systems business has completed the initial flight of a second MQ-9B SkyGuardian remotely piloted aircraft at a military airport in Yuma, Ariz.
The company said Tuesday its MQ-9B features new technologies that were not present in the first unit produced two years ago such as updated avionics, software package and de-icing and lightning protection systems.
The flight took place on Sept. 26 at Laguna Army Airfield.
MQ-9B, a variant of the Predator B, flew from Grand Forks, N.D. to a British air force station in England during its maiden trans-Atlantic voyage in July and set a record for the Predator series when the aircraft flew more than 48 consecutive flight hours last year.
GA-ASI developed SkyGuardian through a company-funded project to address military and civil airworthiness requirements.