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General Atomics to Supply Belgium Remotely Piloted Aircraft Under $189M USAF Contract

General Atomics' aeronautical systems business has received a $188.9M sole-source contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide four MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned air vehicles to Belgium as part of a foreign military sales transaction.

The undefinitized contract action also includes the procurement of ground control stations, support equipment and spares, the Department of Defense said Friday.

The AF Life Cycle Management Center is the contracting activity and will obligate $94.3M in FMS funds at the time of award.

Work will take place in Poway, Calif., through March 31, 2024.       

The MQ-9B SkyGuardian is the latest variant of the Predator B remotely piloted aircraft and equipped with a company-built detect and avoid technology, according to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.

Belgium sought to buy RPAs and associated equipment from the U.S. under a $600M FMS agreement the State Department cleared in March 2019.

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