Thursday, February 24, 2011

UAE to get Predator XP

SOURCE ADMIN General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) and International Golden Group (IGG) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to offer a version of Predator unmanned aerial vehicle to the United Arab Emirates.
Designated the Predator XP - XP for "export" - the aircraft has the same physical dimensions, altitude, speed, and 40h endurance as the RQ-1 Predator aircraft first flown by the USAir Force in 1995, the company says. Predator XP is equipped with the same intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities as the RQ-1 and could be outfitted with multiple exportable sensors, including electro-optical/infrared cameras and GA-ASI's Lynx multi-mode radar.
International sales of all GA-ASI UAV products has been restricted to NATO and select allies due to US government export restrictions, but the company was recently licensed to sell Predator XP to Middle East and North African nations, GA-ASI says.
"GA-ASI's establishment of a working relationship with IGG represents a strategic commitment by both companies to help the UAE strengthen its national security and protect critical infrastructure," says Neal Blue, GA-ASI chairman and CEO.
IGG and GA-ASI have previously worked together to bring the manned Griffin Eye ISR system to UAE.
"IGG recognizes that the search for excellence is the key to our success and this drives us to achieve more - not only on behalf of our customers, but also on behalf of our international partners," says Fadel al-Kaabi, IGG's CEO.

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