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December 06, 2016
Britain signs off on General Atomics' Protector program
London (UPI) Dec 5, 2016
U.K. defense officials have inked a $127 million contract with General Atomics to develop new unmanned aerial vehicles. Under the agreement, the company will equip existing drone technology into new remotely piloted aircraft for the Royal Air Force. The contract is part of the country's plan to replace their fleet of 10 Reapers with 20 new variants known as Protectors. "Britain faces ever-evolving threats and we must look at innovative solutions to stay ahead of our enemies," U.K. Defens ... read more

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