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United Arab Emirates (UAE). Abu Dhabi. Unmanned Systems Exhibition (UMEX 2020). High ranking military officers meet staff people from General Atomics Aeronautical. On the large video screen, a presentation of the MQ-9B Sky Guardian. A flying example is used as a model. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) designed MQ-9B SkyGuardian which is the next generation of the multi-mission Predator® B fleet. MQ-9B is the world’s only RPAS certifiable to fly in non-segregated airspace. SkyGuardian is the result of a five-year, company funded program to deliver a RPAS that meets the stringent airworthiness requirements of NATO and various civil authorities. As part of the certification effort, MQ-9B is provisioned with a GA-ASI-developed Detect and Avoid (DAA) system. The DAA system consists of a Due Regard Radar (air-to-air radar), coupled with a Traffic alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS II) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B). MQ-9B set an endurance record for GA-ASI aircraft when it flew for more than 48 consecutive hours. MQ-9B has a range of over 6,000 nautical miles and is equipped with nine hard-points for sensor or weapons carriage with over 2,100 kg  of available payload. The General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper (sometimes called Predator B) is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of remotely controlled or autonomous flight operations developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) primarily for the United States Air Force (USAF). The MQ-9 and other UAVs are referred to as Remotely Piloted Vehicles/Aircraft (RPV/RPA) by the USAF to indicate their human ground controllers. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, provides unmanned aerial vehicles and radar solutions for the U.S. military and commercial applications worldwide. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) (or uncrewed aerial vehicle, commonly known as a drone) is an aircraft without a human pilot on board and a type of unmanne