General Atomics Aeronautical Systems’ (GA-ASI) lofty plan to develop the MQ-9B SkyGuardian into the world’s first certified medium-altitude, remotely piloted aircraft for unrestricted operations in global airspace is entering a crucial phase following the release of certification requirements by its launch customer, the UK Defense Ministry. Based on a fundamental redesign of the company’s Predator B unmanned air system (UAS), the next-generation MQ-9B is being developed to ...

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