Press Releases

  • GA-ASI Unmanned Aircraft Selected by Belgium

    BRUSSELS – 19 November 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) has been notified that the Government of Belgium has approved Belgian Defense to begin negotiations with the U.S. Government to acquire the MQ-9B SkyGuardian Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). “We look forward to providing our unmanned aircraft systems to meet Belgium’s mission requirements, while also supporting the NATO Alliance,” said Linden Blue, CEO of GA-ASI.

  • GA-ASI Selected to Provide RPAS to Australian Defence Force

    ADELAIDE – 16 November 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), the world’s leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), has been advised that, following consideration by the Australian Government, it has been selected to provide the Armed Remotely Piloted Aircraft System under Project Air 7003 for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).“We look forward to providing our world-leading RPAS to meet the Air 7003 requirements,” said Linden Blue, CEO of GA-ASI. “We...

  • GA-ASI Part of Laureate Award Winning Team for Unmanned Systems

    The following press release was issued November 13, 2018 by Aviation Week announcing GA-ASI is part of a Laureate Award winning team for Unmanned Systems. To complement this release, a quote from GA-ASI leadership is offered below. For further information about GA-ASI’s involvement, please contact Media Relations at +1 (858) 524-8108 or via ASI-Media Relations@ga-asi.com“Developing the systems and procedures to routinely and safely fly Remotely Piloted Aircraft [RPA] in the National ...

  • GA-ASI Completes FOT&E for Gray Eagle Extended Range

    SAN DIEGO – 08 October 2018 – Partnered with the U.S. Army, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) recently completed Follow-On Operational Test & Evaluation (FOT&E) for its MQ-1C ER Gray Eagle Extended Range.

  • Second MQ-9B SkyGuardian Completes First Flight

    “We're very pleased to have our second MQ-9B aircraft completed and flying," said David R. Alexander, president, Aircraft Systems, GA-ASI. “MQ-9B development continues to move forward on schedule as we look forward to our first customer delivery in the early 2020s."SAN DIEGO – 02 October 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

  • USAF Completes First Auto-Land Using MQ-9 BLOCK 5

    Signals USAF’s Move Towards Increased Flight Automation for RPA SAN DIEGO – 17 September 2018 – On August 7, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) completed the first-ever automated landing of an MQ-9 Block 5 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), followed by the first auto-takeoff on August 9. The new Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability (ATLC) was developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

  • GA-ASI Sponsors 2018 Air Force Marathon

    MQ-9 Reaper Selected as Featured AircraftSAN DIEGO – 14 September 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) is a three-star sponsor for this year’s Air Force Marathon being held on Saturday, September 15, at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. In addition to the sponsorship, the GA-ASI-developed Predator® B/MQ-9 Reaper® Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) has been selected as the featured aircraft for the marathon.“We are very proud to su...

  • GA-ASI Expands Team Reaper Australia

    Sentient Vision Systems, Team Reaper Australia’s newest member, is the only Australian provider of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) solutions that has been an integral part of every Australian Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) program to date.Robust Industry Support Paves Way for Only Viable Solution for Multi-Mission RPA RequirementsCANBERRA – 04 September 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), the world's leading manufacturer of Remotel...

  • GA-ASI Expands Flight Test and Training Center in North Dakota

    GRAND FORKS – 16 August 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) announced last week that it will be expanding its Flight Test and Training Center (FTTC) at the Grand Sky Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Business Park near Grand Forks, North Dakota. Secretary for Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen (left) with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

  • Bastille Day Security Enhanced by MQ-9 Reaper

    The “French Reapers,” Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), assisted French authorities by providing airborne surveillance over the national celebration.SAN DIEGO – 07 August 2018 – The French Air Force operated two of its MQ-9 Reaper® simultaneously in support of France’s Bastille Day events, one over Paris and the second over Cognac, on July 14th. The “French Reapers,” Remotely Piloted Aircraf...

  • Wind Tunnel Test Program Verifies Carrier Suitability and Mission Performance of GA-ASI's MQ-25 Design

    During this most recent low-speed wind tunnel test, the performance of the high-lift system and spoiler-based direct lift control (DLC) were verified in the presence of a heavily instrumented flow-through duct.SAN DIEGO – 31 June 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) is proud to announce the completion of the fourth wind tunnel test of its MQ-25 design. MQ-25 is the U.S.

  • 13 GA-ASI Suppliers Recognized with Supplier Excellence Awards

    SAN DIEGO – 25 July 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) has honored 13 suppliers with the company’s annual Supplier Excellence Awards. The awards recognize outstanding quality and delivery performance.

  • GA-ASI Completes Testing of Arresting Hook and HDD for MQ-25

    The test simulated dynamic conditions providing performance characteristics of the HDD, such as damping, spring rate and pressure control functionality.Successful Validation of Arresting Hook Performance for Carrier Launch and Recovery SAN DIEGO – 23 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 unmanned aerial refueling aircraft for the U.S. Navy.

  • GA-ASI Expands Relationship with GKN Aerospace

    Tails for Predator B Series Aircraft to be Built in the UKFARNBOROUGH AIRSHOW – 17 July 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) and GKN Aerospace have declared their intent to collaborate on composite tails for GA-ASI’s Predator® B Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) series via a Letter of Interest (LOI) signed here today.“We are pleased to expand our relationship with GKN Aerospace as part of our growing industrial collaboration team in the UK,” said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. “We...

  • GA-ASI Selected to Provide RPAS to Royal Netherlands Defence Force

    “We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to meet the UAS requirements of the Royal Netherlands Air Force,” said Linden Blue, CEO of GA-ASI. “We are committed to providing a NATO-interoperable solution that enhances the ISR capabilities of the Netherlands and the Alliance.”FARNBOROUGH AIRSHOW – 17 July 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), the world’s leading manufacturer of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), has been selected...

  • MQ-9B Provisioned for GPS and Galileo Satellite Navigation Systems

    The baseline MQ-9B was originally designed to include a triplex navigation system based on GPS navigation however, provisions have been added to the navigation receiver to support the Galileo navigation system as well.FARNBOROUGH AIRSHOW – 16 June 2018 – In an effort to increase flexibility for its customers throughout the world, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) announced today that MQ-9B will be able to utilize both the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) and Eur...

  • GA-ASI SkyGuardian Completes First Trans-Atlantic Flight of a MALE RPA

    “This historic event was a demonstration of the endurance and civil airspace capability of the MQ-9B SkyGuardian, and it is fitting to do this as part of the centennial celebration of the RAF,” said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI.GLOUCESTERSHIRE – 11 July 2018 – Today at 6:51 p.m. (GMT+1) a Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) produced by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) made history as it landed at the Royal Air Force (RAF) ...

  • SkyGuardian Takes Off From North Dakota On Trans-Atlantic Flight

    GA-ASI Making History with First-Time Flight of MALE RPA trans-AtlanticGRAND FORKS – 10 July 2018 – Today at 12:48 p.m. CDT a Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) produced by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) took off from Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA on the first-ever trans-Atlantic flight of a MALE RPA.

  • GA-ASI Maximizing Fuel Capacity for MQ-25

    Integrated Fuel Tank Structure Improves Fuel Carriage and Delivery CapacitySAN DIEGO – 05 July 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) is using an integrated fuel tank structure to maximize fuel offload for the proposed MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueling aircraft for the U.S. Navy.

  • Mission Payloads Tested on GA-ASI's MQ-25 Surrogate Aircraft

    SAN DIEGO – 28 June 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) today announced that it has successfully flown its MQ-25A surrogate aircraft – a Predator C Avenger – outfitted with a representative set of mission payloads, including Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR), Electronic Support Measures (ESM), Automatic Identification System (AIS), and Mission Processing. MQ-25 is the U.S.

  • GA-ASI To Fly First Trans-Atlantic Flight of a MALE RPA

    SAN DIEGO – 25 June 2018 – On July 10-11, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) 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 scheduled to fly from the company’s Flight Test and Training Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA, to Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford in Gloucestershire, UK.

  • Guardian Concludes Demonstration Flights

    Conclusion of successful first large-scale RPA flights in JapanTOKYO – 21 June 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) today announced that the Guardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) has concluded the first large-scale demonstration flights in Japan. The demonstration flights, which took place from 10 - 23 May were intended to promote the civil and scientific applications of the RPA."We thank the Mayor of Iki and the many other public and private stakeholders who made this d...

  • GA-ASI Conducts Successful Lightning Tests on MQ-9B

    Represents another Important Step towards Airworthiness CertificationSAN DIEGO – 19 June 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) used its second full-scale MQ-9B to conduct successful lightning tests at its facility in Poway, California last month. The test was conducted jointly between engineers from GA-ASI and NTS Pittsfield, a recognized leader in the development of sophisticated lightning protection systems for the aerospace industry.

  • GA-ASI DAA System Aids FAA-Approved Flight of NASA Unmanned Aircraft

    SAN DIEGO – 12 June 2018 – A Detect and Avoid (DAA) avionics system developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) was the key technology that enabled an unmanned aircraft flight through the National Airspace System (NAS) after taking off from southern California today. The DAA system installed on Ikhana, a NASA-owned Predator® B/MQ-9 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), enabled the UAS to meet the FAA’s 14 CFR 91.113(b) requirement to “see and avoid&rdqu...

  • AIAA Recognizes Outstanding GA-ASI Employees

    Dee Wilson and Robin Snider Receive Awards for Outstanding Contributions to AerospaceSAN DIEGO – 7 June 2018 – Dee Wilson and Robin Snider of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) were honored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) with awards for outstanding contributions to aerospace at an event on May 10th. GA-ASI is a leading employer in the San Diego area and manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-opti...

  • GA-ASI and Pratt & Whitney Team Demonstrate Successful MQ-25 Engine Test

    In April the GA-ASI/P&W team completed its first powered run of the PW815 with the GA-ASI MQ-25A inlet and exhaust configuration. The test met all objectives and collected extensive data that the team is now evaluating.SAN DIEGO – 31 May 2018 – The Pratt & Whitney (P&W) PW815 engine was selected by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) to power their proposed solution for the U.S.

  • GA-ASI Launches Team SkyGuardian Canada

    A Single Solution to Canada’s Multi-Mission RPAS Project Requirements also brings long-term growth, exports and jobs to key areas of Canadian IndustryOTTAWA, CANADA – 29 May 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) and related mission systems solutions, today announced the official launch of Team SkyGuardian™ Canada, consisting of Canadian teammates CAE Canada, MDA, and L3 WESCAM. The te...

  • GA-ASI Welcomes Public Visitors to "Guardian" Aircraft Demonstration

    IKI, Nagasaki, Japan – 14 May 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a global leader in Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), gave the community of Iki City and Nagasaki Prefecture a “Public Day” demonstration of its Guardian RPA on May 13. Approximately 300 people visited Iki Airport and met the GA-ASI staff.The demonstrations, which officially began on Thursday, consist of approximately 10 five-hour test flights over a three week period out of Iki Airpor...

  • GA-ASI Begins Demonstration Flights in Japan

    Flights of first large-scale RPA conducted off Iki IslandTOKYO – 09 May 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) today announced the first flight of the Guardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) in Japan during an opening ceremony on on Iki Island. The demonstration flights, taking place over the next three weeks, intend to promote the civil and scientific applications of the RPA."We thank the Mayor of Iki and the many other public and private stakeholders for t...

  • GA-ASI To Demonstrate Large RPA in Japan

    Flights Will Be Conducted in Cooperation with Iki City, Nagasaki PrefectureTOKYO – 17 April 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a global leader in Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), announced today that it will conduct maritime surveillance flight demonstrations in May 2018 using the GA-ASI manufactured MQ-9 Guardian RPA. The Guardian will collect data and conduct scientific research while operating from the island of Iki, in Japan’s Nagasaki Prefecture.

  • GA-ASI Demonstrates Flight Deck Taxi Capability for MQ-25

    SAN DIEGO – 16 April 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has successfully demonstrated aircraft carrier deck handling to include taxi capability and transition to the launch and recovery phases using a Predator® C Avenger® jet aircraft as a surrogate. As part of the proposed MQ-25 solution, GA-ASI has demonstrated that the new carrier-based unmanned tanker can integrate with the complexities of existing flight deck operations.“MQ-25 will need to i...

  • Predator-Series Aircraft Pass Five Million Flight Hour Mark

    GA-ASI Sets RPA Industry Record With Help From Worldwide Customers BaseSAN DIEGO – 9 April 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) today announced that its Predator®-series family of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), encompassing Predator, Predator B, Gray Eagle, and Avenger® lines, has achieved a historic industry milestone: five million flight hours. The milestone was achieved on April 4, with 360,311 total missions completed and more than 90 percent of al...

  • GA-ASI Awarded FMS Development Contract for MQ-9B Protector

    SAN DIEGO – 06 April 2018 –General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) is pleased to announce the recent award of a $81M Foreign Military Sales contract by the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center for the United Kingdom (UK) MQ-9B PROTECTOR unmanned aircraft system programme. This contract provides for integration and component level testing for UK specific enhancements to support the MQ-9B PROTECTOR programme.

  • Avenger ER Sets New Endurance Record Flying 23.4 Consecutive Hours

    SAN DIEGO – 05 April 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) has set a new endurance record with its Avenger® Extended Range (ER) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). On January 24-25, the next-generation Avenger ER flew 23.4 continuous hours in a representative Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) configuration while carrying out a simulated reconnaissance mission.

  • Predator XP/RQ-1E Part of "Live-Fly" Airshow at UMEX

    UMEX, Abu Dhabi –02 March 2018 –The Predator XP/RQ-1E Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) flew above the tarmac of Al Ain Airport in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as part of a “Live-Fly” event. The Live-Fly was held on February 27th and focused on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles that support the defense and security sectors. The event was a part of the Unmanned Systems Exhibition (UMEX) held in Abu Dhabi.

  • GA-ASI Announces Best in Industry Partnerships for MQ-25

    SAN DIEGO – 13 February 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) is proud to announce its MQ-25 Stingray offering to the U.S. Navy in collaboration with a range of highly regarded industry partners that represent the best in American aerospace.GA-ASI has designed a purpose-built MQ-25A Stingray, optimized for the tanking mission and providing exceptional fuel give, that will more than double the range of the Carrier Air Wing.

  • GA-ASI Demonstrates SATCOM Launch and Recovery Capability for MQ-9B

    SAN DIEGO – 22 January 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) successfully demonstrated its latest Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability (ATLC) using a Satellite Communications (SATCOM) data link for its MQ-9B SkyGuardian™/SeaGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). The demonstration also included the first SATCOM taxi of the MQ-9B.

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