GA-ASI Announces 2008 Supplier Excellence Award Winners

GA-ASI Announces 2008 Supplier Excellence Award Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sep 14, 2009

17 Suppliers Honored for Quality and Delivery Performance

AFA AIR & SPACE, WASHINGTON DC 14 September 2009 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), tactical reconnaissance radars, and surveillance systems, today announced that it is honoring 17 suppliers with the company’s annual Supplier Excellence Awards in recognition of outstanding quality and delivery performance in 2008.

Onsite awards presentations began in early August and will continue through the end of September at the following companies: Aero Tec Laboratories, Ramsey, N.J; Certified Metalcraft Inc., El Cajon, Calif; Coastline Metal Finishing, Garden Grove, Calif; Cone Drive, Traverse City, Mich; Dela Technology Inc., Rockville, Md; Hydraflow, Fullerton, CA; J.I. Machine Company Inc., San Diego, CA; Microphoto Inc., Roseville, Mich; Newport Adhesives & Composites, Irvine, Calif; North Hills Signal Processing, Syossett, N.Y; Prime Plating, Sun Valley, Calif; Santa Clara Plating Company Inc., Santa Clara, Calif; Small Parts Power Coating Inc., San Marcos, Calif; Symcoat Metal Processing, San Diego, Calif; Textile Products Inc., Anaheim, Calif; Tube Service Corp., El Cajon, Calif; and TW Metals Inc., Los Angeles, Calif.

“We are pleased to award the GA-ASI Supplier Excellence Award for outstanding contract performance during 2008 to these 17 suppliers who support the company’s UAS manufacturing efforts,” said Thomas J. Cassidy, Jr., president, Aircraft Systems Group, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. “Mission success requires suppliers who provide superior quality products and on-time delivery critical to meeting the ever-growing demand for multi-mission Predator®-series aircraft. We are proud to recognize these suppliers for their significant achievements and resultant contributions to the performance of our aircraft in supporting U.S. and coalition forces in combat operations overseas, as well as helping safeguard borders and provide crisis response here at home.”

The GA-ASI Supplier Excellence Awards recognize outstanding suppliers who sustained or exceeded a 98% quality and 98% on-time delivery performance rating throughout calendar year 2008. A total of 432 suppliers across all product lines were eligible to receive the award.

About GA-ASI

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., an affiliate of General Atomics, delivers situational awareness by providing unmanned aircraft, radar, and electro-optic solutions for military and commercial applications worldwide. The company’s Aircraft Systems Group is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable unmanned aircraft systems, including Predator A, Predator B, Sky Warrior®, and the new Predator C Avenger®. It also manufactures a variety of solid-state digital ground control stations (GCSs), including the next-generation Advanced Cockpit GCS, and provides pilot training and support services for UAS field operations. The Reconnaissance Systems Group designs, manufactures, and integrates the Lynx® SAR/GMTI radar and sophisticated CLAW® sensor control and image analysis software into both manned and unmanned aircraft. It also integrates other sensor and communication equipment into manned ISR aircraft and develops emerging technologies in solid-state lasers, electro-optic sensors, and ultra-wideband data links for government applications. For more information, please visit www.ga-asi.com.

Predator, Sky Warrior, Avenger, Lynx, and CLAW are registered trademarks of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

For more information contact:

Kimberly Kasitz

Public Relations Manager

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

+1.858.312.2294

kimberly.kasitz@ga-asi.com