This article is included in these additional categories:

Contracts - Awards | New Systems Tech | Other Corporation | Procurement Innovations | UAVs | USA

$41.4M for 5 New Predator B UAVs

For more on this and other stories, please consider purchasing a membership.
If you are already a subscriber, login to your account.
MQ-9 Predator B(click to view full) General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems Inc. in San Diego, CA received a $41.4 million fixed-price incentive firm contract for the manufacture, test, and delivery of five MQ-9 Predator B Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and associated equipment. Associated equipment for this order will include initial spares, ground support equipment, pack-up kits, and Ku SATCOM antennas. Solicitations began November 2004, negotiations were complete in December 2005, and work will be complete by March 2008. The Headquarters Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH issued the contract. (FA8620-05-G-3028 Order 0004). DID has covered the Predator B before, which is actually a new unmanned aircraft that adds hunter-killer capabilities at the price of some endurance. It will complement the existing MQ-1 Predator. StrategyPage writes of the Predator B: “The “B” model has less endurance (24 hours compared to 40 hours for the A model), but carries more munitions (1.7 tons). Weapons carried include Hellfire missiles, and 250 or 500 pound smart bombs. Typically, the Predator B will go into action carrying 16 Hellfire missiles. The Predator B is meant to be a hunter-killer UAV. It will go into action looking for targets it can immediately attack. The Predator B […]

One Source: Hundreds of programs; Thousands of links, photos, and analyses

DII brings a complete collection of articles with original reporting and research, and expert analyses of events to your desktop – no need for multiple modules, or complex subscriptions. All supporting documents, links, & appendices accompany each article.


  • Save time
  • Eliminate your blind spots
  • Get the big picture, quickly
  • Keep up with the important facts
  • Stay on top of your projects or your competitors


  • Coverage of procurement and doctrine issues
  • Timeline of past and future program events
  • Comprehensive links to other useful resources