Boeing has confirmed officially it is offering a derivative of the Gulfstream G550 ultra-long-range business jet for the US Navy's Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) programme, against competition from the Lockheed Martin/General Atomics Mariner and Northrop Grumman RQ-4N Global Hawk unmanned air vehicles. Details of the bid will be unveiled at the show. The BAMS G550 will be able to operate unmanned or manned, and Boeing's bid is expected to emphasise the aircraft's speed, reliability and payload capacity compared with the competing UAVs.
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