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The Mexican armed forces are operating the Aeronautics Dominator XP unmanned air system (UAS).Negotiations are underway with some other potential clients.
The first export contract of the Dominator XP was signed in mid 2011 shortly after the XP was cleared for export by the Israeli ministry of defense.
The sale to Mexico was a result of a new marketing effort of the converted airframe that is offered now with a variety of payloads.
The Dominator XP was adapted to comply with the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) limitations.
The Dominator is based on the Diamond DA-42 twin engine aircraft.
The Dominator XP can achieve an endurance of 28 hours and is capable of carrying a 300 kg payload. Its max takeoff weight is 2000 kg.
Max altitude is 30,000 feet and max speed is 190 knots. The Dominator is aimed at the high end of the MALE (Medium Altitude Long Endurance) UAS market.
One Dominator XP is operated by CAE in Alma, Quebec. Under Project Miskam aimed at evaluating the use of UAS in civil airspace.
Aeronautics is evaluating the conversion of additional manned aircraft to unmanned operation. The company thinks that using a certified manned aerial platform for unmanned missions is a way to offer the market a very reliable cost effective UAS.