Cobham and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc sign Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft maintenance contract
Basingstoke, UK: Cobham Special Mission today announced that it
has signed a contract with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems,
Inc. (GA-ASI) for the provision of maintenance support for the
Reaper Ground Control Station (GCS) located at RAF Waddington.
This contract expands Cobham's existing maintenance support
operations to include critical defence capabilities currently
supporting the Sentry Intelligence, Surveillance, Target
Acquisition (ISTAR) aircraft at RAF Waddington and the Royal Navy's
UK Military Flying Training System rear crew training aircraft at
Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose.
Darren Moncrieff, Vice President, Cobham Special Mission, said:
"Cobham will be providing personnel to deliver maintenance for the
GCS for the Royal Air Force's MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft
System (RPAS). Technicians have completed both formal GA-ASI
training and on-the-job-training in preparation for the contract
commencement in June 2016."
Peter Nottage, Sector President, Cobham Aviation Services,
commented: "Special Mission and GA-ASI have been working in
partnership for more than 12 years to cover whole of life support
requirements. This additional contract demonstrates our commitment
to delivering value and applying our specialist capabilities in the
Special Mission arena. We look forward to continuing to work with
our partner to deliver these services."
The RAF is a leading user of the MQ-9 Reaper and currently
operates a fleet of 10 to provide an all-weather, 24 hour-a day
ISTAR capability, which is controlled by remote GCS.
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