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Historic trans-Atlantic flight planned
28 June 2018

An artist impression of the Protector, a new Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) ordered for the Royal Air Force, which will fly non-stop from the United States to RAF Fairford in the UK on 11 July. - MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©
A developmental version of the Protector, new Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) ordered for the Royal Air Force, which will fly non-stop from the United States to RAF Fairford in the UK on 11 July. - MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©

A new Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) ordered for the Royal Air Force will fly non-stop from the United States to RAF Fairford in the UK on 11 July. The UK is the lead customer for the next-generation aircraft which will be known as the Protector RG Mk.1 when it enters service in the early 2020s.
Operated at all times by a fully qualified pilot, Protector is the World's first RPAS to be designed, built and certified against stringent NATO and UK Safety Certification standards equivalent to manned aircraft. The flight from North Dakota to Gloucestershire is likely to take over 20 hours and will be the first across the Atlantic by a Medium Altitude RPAS and the first time one has entered UK airspace under beyond line-of-sight communication control.


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