Spain selects MQ-9 Reaper surveillance drone

Spain has selected the General Atomics Predator® B/MQ-9 Reaper® Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) RPA system to support the nation's airborne surveillance and reconnaissance requirements.


The Spanish Ministry of Defense has awarded GA the delivery of one Predator B RPA system for the Spanish Armed Forces to include four aircraft under a $ 240 million contract.

The RPA will be equipped with MTS-B Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR) sensors and GA-ASI's Block 20A Lynx® Multi-mode Radar, two Block 30 Ground Control Stations (GCS), and Satellite Communications (SATCOM) and Line-of-Sight (LOS) data link capabilities by means of a Spanish-U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreement.

GA-ASI's multi-mission Predator B is a long-endurance, medium-high-altitude RPA that features an extensive payload capacity (850 lb/386 kg internally, 3,750 lb/1,700 kg externally), with a maximum altitude of 50,000 feet/15240 meters, and can stay aloft for up to 27 hours.

Spanish engineering company Sener, along with other Spanish firms will leverage their proven engineering and manufacturing experience to optimize sustainment and capability of the Predator B system in support of the Spanish Armed Forces.

Predator B is currently operational with the U.S. Air Force, Royal Air Force, French Air Force and the Italian Air Force.

The aircraft provides unmatched persistent situational awareness, safeguarding borders and maritime approaches, supporting military missions worldwide, and saving lives following natural disasters. Some 245 Predator B aircraft have amassed more than one million flight hours since first flight in 2001.