The Protector programme will deliver next-generation technology to the UK’s armed forces, offering improved range and endurance, greater weapons capacity, automated take-off and landing and better resilience against the elements than the current Reaper fleet.
Protector at a glance
- Protector is expected to enter service with the RAF in 2020s
- Planned weapons include the Brimstone 2 air-to-surface missile and the Paveway IV laser-guided bomb
- The DE&S Unmanned Air System team is overseeing the delivery of Protector into service.