General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has launched a new variant of its Predator B UAV named the SkyGuardian which can operate in non-military airspace.

Intended for border-surveillance, maritime patrol and disaster relief mission, SkyGuardian has an endurance of over 35 hours with speeds up to 210kt and a maximum altitude of more than 14,000m. General Atomics is to build three flight test aircraft together with two airframes for fatigue and static testing. The first production aircraft is scheduled for 2018.

6 February 2017