General Atomics, Fokker renew Predator B landing gear agreement

The agreement is for metallic landing gear systems, but includes the option to design and develop next-generation composite landing gear for the remotely piloted aircraft.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA‐ASI, Poway, Calif.), a manufacturer of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) systems, radars and electro­-optic and related mission systems solutions, and GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business unit (Hoogeveen, The Netherlands), report that they will collaborate to produce and support metallic landing gear systems for Predator B/MQ­9 Reaper RPA systems.

GA-­ASI and Fokker have been working together for several years to offer Predator B to the Dutch Armed Forces. Predator B exceeds the Dutch Air Forces’ requirements for persistent remotely piloted intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems.

Additionally, GA-­ASI and Fokker are evaluating a joint research project to design and develop the next generation of advanced composite landing gear for Predator B. The landing gear may be leveraged by current Predator B customers to include the U.S. Air Force, Royal Air Force, Italian Air Force, French Air Force, Spanish Air Force, U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Customs and Border Protection, NASA, and soon others.

Specifically, GA­-ASI and Fokker will explore collaboration to develop a landing gear system for Predator B, fulfilling both companies’ efforts to add Dutch content onto the aircraft and satisfying anticipated Dutch Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB) obligations related to the potential procurement of Predator B by the Dutch Armed Forces.

“We are committed to substantial European industrial involvement on our aircraft systems,” says Linden Blue, CEO, GA­-ASI. “Fokker’s production of the Predator B landing gear system is just one of the major areas of collaboration with European industry.”