General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has successfully conducted the first flight of its export-ready Predator XP surveillance unmanned air vehicle.

The new aircraft flew a “flawless” 35min sortie on 27 June, an industry source says. It is understood that the company will proceed directly to full production, in anticipation of new international customer orders.

The system is derived from the MQ-1 Predator A system that is in service with the USA, Italy, Morocco and Turkey. […]