Protector will be operated by 31 Squadron from RAF Waddington, announced Minister for Defence Procurement Guto Bebb at The Royal International Air Tattoo. Continuing the legacy of the famous Tornado Squadron the ‘Goldstars’.
"RAF Waddington is renowned as the home of the UK’s eyes and ears in the sky, providing critical information about activity on the ground, in the air and at sea. Protector will help reinforce this capability and will not only give us a decisive advantage on the battlefield but will help us reach new heights to keep us safe at home and overseas."
The aircraft, built by General Atomics flew non-stop across the Atlantic and landed in the UK.
The aircraft is expected to become operational in the early 2020s and is the first Remotely Piloted Aerial System built and certified against stringent NATO and UK Safety Certification standards equivalent to manned aircraft.