Spain wants it own unmanned Predator B aircraft and has placed a $56.7 million order for them through its partner, the U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon announced Jan. 4.
The order to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. covers MQ-9 exportable Block 5 aircraft and associated equipment. (The same type of aircraft goes by the name Reaper when it flies for the U.S. Air Force.)
Work will be done in Poway and last through January 2019.
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio placed the order.
In October 2015, the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced a possible foreign military sale to Spain. The sale described then consisted of four MQ-9 aircraft, two ground stations, five Lynx synthetic aperture radars, five multispectral targeting systems, plus other products and services including logistics support and training, for $243 million.
In late November, GA-ASI announced that it wanted to interview potential Spanish subcontractors — both aircraft component suppliers and service providers.