December 23, 2015

GA-ASO delivers final two RQ-1 Predators to Italian air force

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Dec. 22 that the Italian Air Force has accepted delivery of two RQ-1 Predator® RPA systems, marking final deliveries of  GA-ASI’s Predator A product line.
GAASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions.
“With the delivery of these aircraft, GA-ASI completes over two decades of delivering Predator A capabilities to the United States and allied countries,” said Frank W. Pace, president, Aircraft Systems, GA-ASI. “Amassing over 2.1 million cumulative flight hours and featuring the highest Mission Capable Rate of any aircraft in the Air Force’s inventory, Predators will continue to keep war fighters safe by equipping them with unparalleled situational awareness for many years to come.”
The Italian Air Force is a leader in the utilization of Predator and MQ-9 RPA to support a wide range of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions in Italy, over the Mediterranean, and in support of NATO operations. Italy is the first country in Europe to have achieved an RPA airworthiness certification. GA-ASI has been supplying the ItAF with these critical assets for more than a decade.

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