The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale (FMS) to Belgium of General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9B SkyGuardian remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) and related equipment, with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notifying Congress of the possible sale on March 25, 2019.
The Belgian government has requested four MQ-9B RPAs, two fixed Certifiable Ground Control Stations and the following equipment: five DAS-4 Multi- Spectral Targeting Systems, 15 embedded global positioning system/inertial navigation systems, five APY-8 Lynx synthetic aperture radars and five detect and avoid systems.
The possible FMS will also include spares and readiness packages to support a five-year period of performance, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation and personnel training and training equipment. US government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other logistical and programme support.
In a separate development, the US Defense Department announced on March 29 that the Spanish government has procured two more GA-ASI MQ-9 Block 5 Reapers and associated equipment via the FMS programme. Work is expected to be complete by March 31, 2020.