GA-ASI Maritime Demonstrations

Previous and Upcoming Maritime Demos

2021 European Maritime Demos

GA-ASI is sending its MQ-9B Unmanned Aircraft System to the United Kingdom in 2021 to undertake a series of operational capability demonstrations for NATO allies, including the Netherlands. The UK's Protector program is a derivative of the MQ-9B SkyGuardian with a range of UK modifications and the Royal Air Force (RAF) is supporting this visit. The GA-ASI aircraft will be in an MQ-9B SeaGuardian configuration, which includes a multi-mode maritime surface-search radar with Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar imaging mode, an Automatic Identification System receiver, and a High-Definition, Full-Motion Video sensor equipped with optical and infrared cameras.

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Exercise Joint Warrior (JW212) 2021

The biannual Exercise Joint Warrior is the largest military exercise in Europe, bringing together the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force and the British Army, as well as forces from other nations.

Naval Forces Europe (NAVEUR) has asked GA-ASI to demonstrate the maturity and versatility of the MQ-9B's full maritime capability (surface surveillance and ASW) to all participating nations. The demonstration will highlight Manned-Unmanned-Teaming (MUM-T) with U.S. Navy and NATO Marine Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) to prosecute maritime ASW and ISR. Additionally, this will be the first major exercise incorporating a certifiable UAS capable of full integration into the international airspace utilizing GA's proprietary Detect and Avoid System (DAAS) for enhanced versatility.

RIMPAC Exercise 2022

The world's largest international maritime warfare exercise. RIMPAC is held biennially during June and July of even-numbered years from Honolulu, Hawaii. With RIMPAC the United States Indo-Pacific Command seeks to enhance interoperability among Pacific Rim armed forces, as a means of promoting stability in the region to the benefit of all participating nations.

The United States Marine Corps (USMC) have sponsored GA-ASI to provide MQ-9B aircraft for experimentation events to demonstrate Maritime Support Capabilities. Objectives include long-range maritime surveillance and targeting, integrated assured communications and USMC-USN integrated operations.

Previous GA-ASI Demos

European Maritime Flight Demonstrations
Japan Coast Guard Flight Validations - 2020

GA-ASI is partnering with Asia Air Survey (AAS) to hold a series of validation flights for the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) featuring GA-ASI's SeaGuardian®. The purpose of the flights is to validate the wide-area maritime surveillance capabilities of RPAS for carrying out JCG's missions, including search and rescue, disaster response, and maritime law enforcement.

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European Maritime Flight Demonstrations
European Maritime Flight Demonstrations – 2019

In December 2019, GA-ASI conducted a series of demonstration flights using its MQ-9 Guardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). The flights were hosted by the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) and staged out of Larissa Air Base in Greece. On display was the maritime surveillance capabilities of the MQ-9, as well as the GA-ASI-developed Detect and Avoid (DAA) system.

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European Maritime Flight Demonstrations
Iki Island Demonstrations – 2018

The maritime surveillance flight demonstrations were conducted in May 2018 using MQ-9 Guardian RPA. The flights collected data for scientific research that will be shared across multiple government agencies. This was the first demonstration of a long endurance RPA by a private company in Japan.

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