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  • China Opposes Selling Drones to Taiwan
    China Opposes Selling Drones to Taiwan 8 August 2020
    The U.S. plan to deliver four drones to Taiwan has angered China. General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper's sea variant is scheduled to enter Taiwan inventory, while China has announced its opposition to the sale of drones to Taiwan.  The MQ-9 Reaper, which patrols the air and provides air support when urgent, has the appropriate range for China to monitor. Under Trump, the U.S. had gone to facilitate the export regime of drones. The deal with Taiwan could be the first sales agreement ...
  • Procurement Agreement for "Protector"
    Procurement Agreement for "Protector" 19 July 2020
    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are important power factors for the armed forces, as they can operate in high enemy environments and attacking opportunity targets when necessary. The first acquisition agreement was signed for Protector RG1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), developed in line with the requirements and demands of the UK. The platforms that are specified to enter the Royal Air Force inventory are classified as MALE (Medium Altitude Long Endurance). London, s...
  • Drone Launched Drone
    Drone Launched Drone 1 July 2020
    Unmanned aerial vehicles, which are expanding day by day, are gaining new abilities for different mission types. Being the largest unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in the USArmy inventory, MQ-1C Gray Eagle will use ALTIUS (Air-Launched, Tube Integrated, Unmanned System)-600. Developed for special missions such as intelligence, observation and reconnaissance, the system will be used in environments, where contains high enemy threat. Described as air-launched eff...
  • Ground Test of Laser Based Comms System Completed
    Ground Test of Laser Based Comms System Completed 23 February 2020
    One of the works carried out for the safe communication development works, which is vital in combat conditions is close to succesful end.  Ground tests of the laser based communication system developed by General Atomics have been completed. The so-called Airborne Laser Communication System (ALCoS) has managed to establish a connection with a geosynchronous orbiting satellite for the first time within the scope of the tests. The hardware planned to be used in MALE / (Mediu...
  • USS Gerald R. Ford’s EMALS is Operational for All Aircraft
    USS Gerald R. Ford’s EMALS is Operational for All Aircraft 16 February 2020
    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced that the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) have been cleared for shipboard launch and recovery of all currently deployed naval aircraft types aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).  This means that CVN 78 completed Aircraft Compatibility Testing (ACT) following 16 days at sea. The aircraft carrier passed sea compatibility tests with EMALS and AAG. It can launch and r...
  • UK Details Transition Plan
    UK Details Transition Plan 5 August 2019
    Britain is planning to retire its General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft systems in 2024 as the Royal Air Force transitions to its new Protector platform. The UK currently has 10 MQ-9 Reapers that it purchased as an urgent operational requirement for operations in Afghanistan. Today, they operate over Iraq and Syria, but none are destined for use in UK airspace. The UK currently is planning to buy 16 Protectors, a derivative of General Atomics’ self-developed, SkyGuardian platfor...
  • One More Step in AAG
    One More Step in AAG 2 April 2019
    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) made a new announcement about the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) tests. The statement, about the system which will be used on board the United States' new generation Gerald R. Ford class aircraft to be used; said that another test phase has left behind. In the tests carried out with the E-2C + Hawkeye, which weighs approximately 21,000 kilograms, the system was attempted to stop by the barrier. In the trials conducted in Lakehurst,...
  • $123 million Order to GA-ASI
    $123 million Order to GA-ASI 25 March 2019
    The US has signed a $ 123 million procurement agreement with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. Four MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper ordered under the agreement will be procured to the Netherlands under the FMS. Amsterdam's UAV supply demand was approved in 2015, but the deal was announced in 2018 at the Farnborough Air Show. Last January, Dutch staff began training in the United States. Delivery of platforms with automatic take-off and landing capabilities is planned to be completed by ...
  • An ELINT Payload Tested On Reaper
    An ELINT Payload Tested On Reaper 15 February 2019
      General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) and Raytheon Deutschland GmbH tested an electronic warfare payload on an MQ-9 Reaper. Integrated into a gondola that can be loaded under the MALE (Medium Altitude, Long Endurance) MQ-9 Reaper (Predator B) drone, the ARDS (Advanced Radar Detection System) payload can be used to detect and locate radar emissions. The ARDS is equipped with a totally digital radar emission tracking system. The system is already ope...
  • Australia Selected General Atomics’ Reaper
    Australia Selected General Atomics’ Reaper 18 November 2018
    Australia’s Minister for Defence Hon Christopher Pyne, announced the selection of the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper variant as Australia’s first armed remotely piloted aircraft system. Minister Pyne said the medium altitude long endurance aircraft can be integrated within the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and would be fully interoperable with allies. The Government will now request pricing and availability data from the United States on Reaper variants to suppor...
  • Drones Prepare For Dog Fight 20 September 2018
    The US Air Force (USAF) scored the first air-to-air kill for the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during trials late last year, the service disclosed on 19 September. The successful test late last year showed the U.S. Air Force that an unmanned vehicle like the MQ-9 has the ability to conduct air-to-air combat, much like its manned fighter brethren such as an F-15 Eagle or F-22 Raptor, according to Col. Julian Cheater, comma...
  • US Navy Selects Builder For New MQ-25 Stingray Aerial Refueling Drone
    US Navy Selects Builder For New MQ-25 Stingray Aerial Refueling Drone 3 September 2018
    The US Navy has awarded Boeing Defence an $805.3 million contract to develop four MQ-25A Stingray carrier-based unmanned refuelling aircraft. Boeing will design, develop, produce, test, deliver and support the MQ-25A unmanned air vehicles, including integrate into the carrier air wing for an initial operational capability by 2024. Besides Boeing, Lockheed Martin and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems were competing. Boeing manufactured a full-scale and functional aircraf...
  • General Atomics To Upgrade USAF Reaper Drones For $133M
    General Atomics To Upgrade USAF Reaper Drones For $133M 23 August 2018
    US drone maker General Atomics has been awarded a $133 million worth contract to provide advanced sensor for the US Air Force’s Reaper drones as part of the modernization effort to upgrade MQ-9 Reaper surveillance and attack UAS. According to Pentagon press release, General Atomics will complete the development, integration, and flight test of an advanced sensor into an MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle in realistic test scenarios at continental U.S. and outside the continental U.S...
  • US Defence Bill Cuts JSTARS
    US Defence Bill Cuts JSTARS 26 July 2018
    US National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA), recognised the US Air Force’s plan to replace the Northrop Grumman E-8 JSTARS with a new network of sensors spread across unmanned aerial vehicles and aircraft, called the Advanced Battle Management System. The new system will replace most of piloted aircraft with UAV. The NDAA bill adds $120 million to the General Atomics MQ-9 programme “to accelerate the development of the Advanced Battle Management System” instead of...
  • GA-ASI Completes Testing of Arresting Hook and HDD for MQ-25
    GA-ASI Completes Testing of Arresting Hook and HDD for MQ-25 25 July 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) concluded performance testing of the arresting hook Hold Down Damper (HDD) for its proposed MQ-25 Stingray unmanned aerial refuelling aircraft for the U.S. Navy, company announced from its web page. GA-ASI worked in collaboration with a team from GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business unit in Helmond, Netherlands. Fokker is slated to supply the arresting hook for the GA-ASI bid. The test simulated dynamic conditions providing perfor...
  • US offers India armed Guardian UAV variant
    US offers India armed Guardian UAV variant 24 July 2018
    Reuters claimed that, India received an amendment to its purchase of several General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Guardian UAVs from the United States. US had already offered to sell India unarmed surveillance platforms for the Indian Navy (IN) now it is changed to weaponized version of UAVs.  Based on the MQ-9 Reaper, the Guardian can be equipped with air-to-land missiles, anti-ship missiles and laser guided bombs. The proposed deal has a value of $2-3 billion. If the purch...
  • Skyguardian is First Male to complete Transatlantic Flight
    Skyguardian is First Male to complete Transatlantic Flight 12 July 2018
    A Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) produced by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) crossed Atlantic Ocean and landed at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford, U.K., July 11 . At the end of journey UAV became the first MALE RPA to successfully complete a transatlantic flight. The GA-ASI-owned MQ-9B SkyGuardian took off from Grand Forks, North Dakota, July 10. The flight covered 3,760 nautical miles in 24 hours 2 minutes.
  • MALE UAV to cross Atlantic Ocean
    MALE UAV to cross Atlantic Ocean 27 June 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. plans to make the first-ever trans-Atlantic flight of a Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). GA-ASI’s company-owned MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPA is due to take off from its base in North Dakota and embark on nearly 6,500 km journey to RAF Fairford piloted by an operator located at the aerospace company's Flight Test and Training Centre in Grand Forks. It has a wingspan of 79ft and can fly non-stop for in excess o...
  • MQ-9 Block 5 Will Have Extended Range
    MQ-9 Block 5 Will Have Extended Range 18 May 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has been awarded a $206 million contract to retrofit 122 MQ-9 Block 5 aircraft, the US Department of Defence announced on 16 May. Work is expected to be complete by 20 June 2024.  General Atomics will retrofit the MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper drones with extended-range, beyond-line-of-sight, and Barrett asymmetrical digital datalink computer (BADDC) router modification kits. These upgrades will enable the ...
  • US Agrees to Supply Predator B to New Delhi
    US Agrees to Supply Predator B to New Delhi 2 May 2018
    Indian and US diplomatic officials confirmed to Hindustan Times that Washington has agreed to let India purchase the MQ-9 Predator B. New Delhi was cleared to buy the Guardian variant of the MQ-9, which is designed for maritime surveillance, however, was in favour of acquiring an armed drone which operates over both land and sea, especially given the costs involved. Manufactured by General Atomics, Predator-B has both land and naval versions and can be armed with air-...
  • MQ-25 Demonstrated Ability for Aircraft Carrier Operations
    MQ-25 Demonstrated Ability for Aircraft Carrier Operations 18 April 2018
    As part of the proposed MQ-25 solution, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has demonstrated that the new carrier-based unmanned tanker can integrate with the complexities of existing flight deck operations.  GA-ASI used a Predator C Avenger jet aircraft as a surrogate to demonstrate aircraft carrier deck handling to include taxi capability and transition to the launch and recovery phases. GA-ASI employs unique gesture recognition algorithms i...
  • Belgium Selected MQ-9
    Belgium Selected MQ-9 3 April 2018
    General Atomics MQ-9 Predator B Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) has been selected for the Belgian Air Force's requirement for a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft system. According to the Belgian Ministry of Defence's "Strategic Vision for 2030", two of four systems will be purchased between 2021-2025. Predator B's will replace the ageing B-Hunter UAVs. 
  • MQ-9 Contract to General Atomics
    MQ-9 Contract to General Atomics 2 April 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has been awarded a $295,5 million contract for the production of the MQ-9 Reaper aircraft in the fiscal 2017 production configuration. The work is expected to be completed by 29 July 2021.  The number of UAVs to be produced was not disclosed in the US Department of Defense announcement made on 29 March.
  • General Atomics To Collaborate With Boeing on MQ-25
    General Atomics To Collaborate With Boeing on MQ-25 14 February 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) will collaborate with Boeing on US Navy's MQ-25 Stingray Unmanned Carrier Aviation Air System (UCAAS) competition along with BAE Systems, United Technologies Corp, Pratt & Whitney, L3 Technologies, Rockwell Collins and GKN Aerospace’s Fokker. Pratt & Whitney will be providing the PW815 engine, while UTC provides landing gear for the UAS. GA-ASI’s platform will use L3 Technologies communication systems, B...
  • USN Chose GA-EMS LDUUV Programme
    USN Chose GA-EMS LDUUV Programme 3 January 2018
    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems has been awarded a contract to develop and produce an advanced permanent-magnet propulsion motor for the US Navy's Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (LDUUV) programme.  The LDUUV is planned be launched from a Virginia-class attack submarine or from surface ships and will be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions as well as electronic warfare, mine warfare, mine counter...
  • Process for Avenger Sales to India Begins
    Process for Avenger Sales to India Begins 28 December 2017
    The US government has commenced its internal process for approving India's request of armed Avenger (formerly Predator C) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). New Delhi and Washington are planning to commence negotiations in April 2018. India will likely pursue a possibility of local production in the frame of 'Make in India' initiative.  General Atomics' Avenger UAV is a long-endurance, medium-to-high-altitude Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) system t...
  • More UAV's
    More UAV's 27 December 2017
    General Atomics has inked a new agreement with the US. The deal includes the sale of the MQ-1 Predator and the MQ-9 Reaper. Contract’s worth is $ 328.8 million. It includes logistics, maintenance, repair and other technical support as well as the supply of platforms. Delivery completion is scheduled for on December 31, 2018
  • GBU-39 Boost to Reaper
    GBU-39 Boost to Reaper 8 December 2017
    General Atomics has been awarded a $17,4 million contract to integrate the GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) onto the MQ-9 Reaper via universal armament interface on a dual carriage system. Work will be performed in Poway, California, with an expected completion date of 27 November 2021.  
  • MQ-9 Demonstrated ASW Capabilities
    MQ-9 Demonstrated ASW Capabilities 16 November 2017
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has used an MQ-9 Predator B remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) to demonstrate its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability in a US naval exercise. During the drill, US Navy helicopters deployed a series of sonobuoys which were used to gather acoustic data to assist in the tracking of underwater targets. The data was then transmitted to the MQ-9 RPA and processed onboard before being relayed to the aircraft’s ground control station (GCS) loc...
  • RFP Sent to Four Competitiors For UCAAS
    RFP Sent to Four Competitiors For UCAAS 13 October 2017
    The US Navy (USN) released its MQ-25 Stingray Unmanned Carrier Aviation Air System (UCAAS) final request for proposal (RFP) to select bidders this week. The final RFP will only be sent to Boeing, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman according to the service's spokesperson, and kept from public access. The relevant contract is planned to be awarded by September of next year.  
  • 53. Issue Sector News
    53. Issue Sector News 29 August 2017
    Moving On with EUROSAM New Radar to 'Patriot', by Lockheed General Atomics UAV Flew at Red Flag Israel Undecided Just as Germany Signature of $5,91 Billion by Qatar TAI, Wastes No Time BMC Chosen for TTA-2 Project TCG Işın, Delivered Ceremoniously Gun of the Year: Canik TP9Fx ROKETSAN, Made it to the List ASELSAN Lands on Malaysia STM will Design Port for Pakistan OT...
  • 42-Hour Flight By Gray Eagle
    42-Hour Flight By Gray Eagle 21 August 2017
    The Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), manufactured by General Atomics, performed a 42-hour endurance flight on 6 August. The flight marked 68% increase in endurance compared to the UAV's predecessor.  GE-ER is a next-generation advanced variant of the original Gray Eagle and is able to carry out surveillance, communications relay, and weapons delivery missions.
  • The US Increases the Number of Armed Drones
    The US Increases the Number of Armed Drones 18 May 2017
    General Atomics has been awarded a $400 million contract to provide MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles for the US Air Force, according to the US Department of Defence's press release on Tuesday. The MQ-9 Reaper is the primary offensive strike drone for the USAF.  Reapers equipped with new GPS-maneuvered joint direct attack munition GBU-38 bombs become operational for the first time earlier this month. Already equipped with AGM-114 Hellfire missile...
  • Radar Warning Receiver On 'Predator B'
    Radar Warning Receiver On 'Predator B' 12 April 2017
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems demonstrated the Raytheon ALR-69A Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) can work on a MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). According to the company's press release, ALR-69A provides the UAV with improved detection range and accurate, unambiguous identification in dense signal environments. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems plans further RWR demonstrations later in the year to include integrating with Link 16 (a military tactical data exchange network).
  • New Delhi Is To Decide Its Armed Drone
    New Delhi Is To Decide Its Armed Drone 27 March 2017
    As New Delhi has been interested in acquiring armed medium-high altitude, long-endurance UAVs for some time now, Israel has reportedly came up with an offer. The country has offered to sell India its armed unmanned aerial vehicles Eitan or Heron TP and although New Delhi has not yet reached a decision, its looking for ways to bring the armed UAVs through “Make in India” initiative. General Atomics-developed Guardian UAV is also on the table, although an of...
  • 'Gray Eagle' Assigned to Asia-Pasific
    'Gray Eagle' Assigned to Asia-Pasific 13 March 2017
    The US Army is to deploy its General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to its military base in Gunsan, a city 274 kilometers south of Seoul, to enhance its strike capabilities against North Korea. Capable of carrying four Hellfire air-to-surface missiles and four GBU-44/B Viper Strike glide bombs, medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) Gray Eagle has an endurance of 25 hours, a maximum speed of 167 knots and is ab...
  • New Period in Electromagnetics
    New Period in Electromagnetics 10 March 2017
    General Atomics announced development of a new railgun container on 9 March that provides twice the energy density than existing systems. According to the company, High Energy Pulsed Power Container (HEPPC) will reduce the number of pulsed power containers required to launch projectiles or hybrid missiles. Nick Bucci, vice president Missile Defense and Space Systems at GA, stated that next generation HEPPC exceeds the capabilities of other available railgun pulsed power contain...
  • Unarmed 'Predator' in Middle Eastern Skies
    Unarmed 'Predator' in Middle Eastern Skies 17 February 2017
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) confirmed the delivery of all the Predator XP unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to United Arab Emirates (UAE) ordered under a $197 million contract announced in February, 2015. The details, such as number of UAVs delivered and the payloads of the unmanned platforms, were not disclosed. The UAV was designated RQ-1E by UAE, an unarmed variant of Predators. 
  • MQ-9s Undergo Maintenance
    MQ-9s Undergo Maintenance 26 January 2017
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has been awarded a $11,7 million-foreign military sales contract to provide maintenance services for Italy's MQ-9 Reaper Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). According to US State Department's press release on 25 January, General Atomics will provide depot repair, life cycle sustainment and software maintenance services for Italy's MQ-9A fleet. The work is expected to be completed by July 30, 2018.
  • General Atomics UAV Conducted First Flight
    General Atomics UAV Conducted First Flight 12 December 2016
    The flight tests of MQ-1C Gray Eagle Extended Range (ER) unmanned aerial vehicle has begun. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) announced on 8 December that the first flight of a prototype MQ-1C has been conducted. MQ-1C ER is expected to complete flight testing in June 2017 and commence the army tests. Ordered in October 2015, the first four of 19 aircraft will be delivered in 2017 while the remaining is scheduled to be delivered throughout 2018. The new MQ-1C ER unmanne...