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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Export restrictions limit Predator potential

MQ-9 ReaperFollowing requested purchases of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Predator/Reaper-series unmanned air vehicles by France and the Netherlands in recent weeks, the USA’s backing of an export licence for India but a rejection for Jordan have raised questions over how much potential the UAVs really have outside of NATO.

Later this year, General Atomics is expected to take an MQ-9 Reaper out of storage to deliver to the French air force, Flightglobal understands.

On 5 February, the US Air Force announced a plan to award the company $3.8 million to return the aircraft to flying status and modify it to the unarmed French configuration.

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