Agreement Signed to Supply Predators to UAE

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced last week that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with International Golden Group, a leading Middle East weapons supplier, to offer the export version of the Predator remotely piloted aircraft to the United Arab Emirates. The US government last year granted General Atomics a license to sell Predator XP abroad. Though the XP version cannot carry weapons, it embodies the same flight characteristics and intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance competencies as the original unarmed RQ-1 Predators that the US Air Force operated. Predator XP can carry a variety of export-cleared sensors, such as General Atomics’ Lynx radar and cameras spanning multiple spectra. (See also Flight International report)