21 January 2021 – 12 March 2021
The MOD is supporting the deployment of the Protector prototype into the UK airspace in the summer of 2021. Protector is the large RPAS MQ-9B, named SkyGuardian, with 79 ft wingspam and MTOW of 5670 kg. SkyGuardian will be operated from 2 locations in the UK this summer, both RAF Waddington and RAF Lossiemouth. After the Assessment Meeting, it was decided that flight restrictions will be necessary and those would be best managed by the implementation of segregated airspace in the form of a TDA at both RAF facilities.