Why The RAF's Next Drone Is At The Cutting Edge

Why The RAF's Next Drone Is At The Cutting Edge

The SkyGuardian is a pre-production example of the UK’s new Protector aircraft.

It is the world’s most advanced remotely piloted aircraft – but what can it do?

We take a closer look!

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  1. C JB-9000 on May 13, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    some many words to say so little

  2. A.M. Fortas on May 13, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    Ahhhha yes, but is it ‘woke’?

  3. Byron Wellburn on May 13, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Pollution monitoring 🤣😂🤣😂

  4. Graham Ellis on May 13, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    Unfortunately it’s pretty easy to shoot down buy a peer adversary, probably this is the reason why they cut back the order on them.

  5. Not Modeling on May 13, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Nice hardware but ,will,the RAF get any smaller due to unmaned stuff

  6. D on May 13, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Nasty parts of the world ? Tower hamlets ?

  7. Lloyd Benson on May 13, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    Don’t mind me, I’m just waiting for the people who don’t understand RPAS to start moaning in the comments

  8. Latch on May 13, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    "This aircraft will be able to fly!" What a line

  9. Brian T on May 13, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    just say best in uk you actually don’t know what other nations might be having

  10. Robyn Highart on May 13, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Protector. Mkay lol. At least the Americans give them appropriate names for what they do. POLLUTION MONITORING HABAHAVGAHAHHA

  11. Malc Paul on May 13, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    Less hotel bills for the MOD.

  12. Richard Hadley on May 13, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    It s made by American firm; General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, who also make the Reaper (MQ-9A), Avenger and Grey Eagle.

    The Protector is the UK / RAF name for their new SkyGuardian / SeaGuardian (MQ-9B) – an updated version to the Reaper. Many nations are will be buying this new toy.

    I find it funny the naming of these machine has moved on or modernized with the times; from Reaper or Predator … to Guardian or Protector … what next; Angel or Savior/Saviour

    God Bless

  13. денис баженов on May 13, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    1) monitor air pollution in London

    2) send a Hellfire to the building of those making money of it – or not taking steps to avoid it switching to electric cars.

    16 aircraft will be enough. For a serious war, it’s almost purely symbolic.

  14. Mark Norville on May 13, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    The video would have been a lot quicker, if the cake eater could actually string sentences along without going mmmm errrmmmmm all of the time.

  15. Cam Hunt on May 13, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Also we have cut their numbers again from 20 to 16… we keep cutting citing cutting , our Millitary is getting far too small.

  16. That Car Guy on May 13, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    The Skyguardian isn’t the best. The RQ180 "White bat" is. Granted most of it is classified. Heck the RQ170 is better other then endurance. The US won’t sell these to other nations though as they have an RCS similar to the F22.
    "The RQ-180 is believed to be about the size of the Global Hawk, which weighs 32,250 lb (14,630 kg), and have similar capabilities of endurance (24 hours) and range (12,000 nmi (14,000 mi; 22,000 km)). This is much more than the RQ-170’s endurance of 5–6 hours. It has superior all-aspect, broadband radar cross-section reduction features compared to previous stealth aircraft such as the F-117 Nighthawk, F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II.

    The RQ-180 is believed to have a cranked-kite layout like the X-47B, but with a much longer wingspan, perhaps as much as 130 ft (40 m). Northrop Grumman claims the wing is more scalable and adaptable than the B-2 Spirit’s flying wing shape"

  17. Finz 77 on May 13, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    "Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.”

    (1 Samuel 15:3)

  18. Ian Southward on May 13, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    When they start coming to the end of their usefulness will the MOD flog them cheap to Amazon if they are so adaptable. Then again think of the money the MOD are saving on zobs!… they can get a job at Ryanair now…. win win!!

  19. BlackLister on May 13, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Great for sending hellfires up the asses of terrorists and innocent civilians alike.

  20. J C on May 13, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    Wigston a fool. Whatever figure they give for it’s life time, assume half of that gets used max. And take away about 30% of the original order amount while you’re at it

  21. Cam Hunt on May 13, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    I thought they could fly longer than a day and half.and can they attach external fuel tanks on a couple of the hard points for an even better duration

  22. Neon Astronaut on May 13, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Looks like Reaper Drone

  23. 22AJ55 on May 13, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Can it spot dinghies in the Channel ?

  24. Video Outtakes on May 13, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Can it see migrants in small boats…
    No one else can

  25. Jack Riminton on May 13, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Why does he sound like Matt Hancock rather than a military commander?

  26. erwin segers on May 13, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Belgian Army also bought 2 planes and groundstation in 2018. Cooperation with British forces about Interoperability is one of the ames

  27. JJ Smallpiece on May 13, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    Bet the ground crew love these aircraft. No stroppy or arrogant pilots to deal with at see off.

  28. BaffyTaffy on May 13, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    We have not ordered the maritime patrol radar featured here, its rather misleading

  29. Jem Star on May 13, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Why do they all have a pseudo "cockpit" ?

  30. rome Medina on May 13, 2022 at 7:14 pm


  31. King George V on May 13, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    It’s nice to see others of my gender being represented in the airforce

  32. Kronos on May 13, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    protecting us from what exactly, channel invasion !?

  33. Krystof Cerha on May 13, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    Hmm sure sounds like it will only be used for Emergencies and Pollution monitoring

  34. gspot mop on May 13, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    Why did he have to bring up climate stuff, it just makes it all look so woke😮

  35. Mr Fitz on May 13, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    That’s great and all, but what exactly does “more difficult counter-terrorism missions” mean in practice? Are we talking about US style drone strikes i.e extra-judicial killings on a distant civilian population living in a country we are not technically at war with? What UK legislation exists to allow this? What are the legal and parliamentary oversights? The problem is once you start using such a quick, easy, no risk to yourself weapon system that there is no incentive to ever stop.

  36. Alan Stanley on May 13, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    Where were they made ??

  37. Alanthecat on May 13, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    wers a uk built alternative?

  38. KumaBean on May 13, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Oddly enough, I was tracking the first drone I’ve ever seen on my tracking app just under a month ago over the UK, from near Nottingham to down South past Taunten and over the English Chennel just East of Plymouth. where it circled for a good while, before heading back up North, I wonder if it was this thing? 🤔

  39. Gregg Houlden on May 13, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    My only concern is that it’s being built by Cyberdyne Systems and the AI is Skynet

  40. Joe1983 on May 13, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    We need these now monitoring the English Channel!

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