British military certifies General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.

Jan. 31, 2014 at 3:35 PM
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SAN DIEGO, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. reports Britain's Military Aviation Authority has given it design approval certification.

The accreditation comes under the Design Approved Organization Scheme that enforces stringent design standards of aircraft airworthiness.

"This endorsement from the MAA reflects the quality of our RPA [remotely piloted aircraft] products and is another step toward delivering aircraft that meet the stringent airworthiness criteria demanded by international customers," said Frank W. Pace, president, Aircraft Systems, GA-ASI.

GA-ASI produces remotely piloted aircraft systems, radars, electro-optic and related mission systems solutions. Among its products are the Predator A, Predator B, Gray Eagle, the new Predator C Avenger and Predator XP.

The company said it continues to work with British organizations and its German and Dutch partners -- RUAG Aerospace Services GmbH and Fokker Technologies -- to define long-term solutions and enhancements for airworthiness to the NATO Standardization Agreements and U.K. Defense Standardizations for aircraft.

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