The GA-ASI Certifiable Predator B (CPB) UAV, which will be the new Protector platform for the United Kingdom. Source: GA-ASI by Gareth Jennings

The new Protector unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to be fielded by the United Kingdom has been revealed as the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Certifiable Predator B (CPB), a Ministry of Defence (MoD) contract notification has shown.

According to a justification for a sole-source award notification published on 24 April, the MoD has given GA-ASI a GBP415 million (USD605 million) contract for the CPB UAV that is set to run from 30 September 2016 to 31 October 2023. While the award did not disclose numbers, the UK government has previously said 20 such vehicles will be procured.

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