General Atomics Unit Gets $296M USAF MQ-9 RPA Production Contract


A General Atomics business unit will provide fiscal 2017 configuration of the MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft to the U.S. Air Force under a potential three-year, $295.7 million contract.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. is scheduled to complete work under the sole-source contract by July 29, 2021, the Defense Department said Thursday.

The MQ-9 RPA, also called Predator B, is designed to comply with manned aircraft reliability standards and equipped wit a flight control system and an avionics system architecture.

GA-ASI said that the system can accommodate multiple mission payloads such as electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR), multimode Lynx and maritime surveillance radars, electronic support measures and laser designator systems.

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