Press Releases

  • 19 Companies to Present Capabilities at GA-ASI’s Blue Magic Belgium

    Local Tech Businesses Vie to Support Belgium’s SkyGuardian DevelopmentSAN DIEGO – 13 May 2019 – Nineteen Belgium-based companies will present their ideas and cutting-edge capabilities to a panel of technical experts from GA-ASI with the goal of selection to support the development of MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) for Belgium.This outreach event, called “Blue Magic Belgium,” follows the Government of Belgium’s approval for Belgian Defense to negotiate acquisition of GA-ASI’s S...  Read More...

  • AIAA Recognizes Outstanding GA-ASI Employees

    Chris Dusseault Awarded for Outstanding Aerospace Management; Claudia Mowery and Brandon Suarez for Outstanding Aerospace Engineering “Congratulations to Chris, Claudia and Brandon on receiving the AIAA awards,” said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI.SAN DIEGO – 10 May 2019 – Chris Dusseault, Claudia Mowery and Brandon Suarez of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) were honored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) with awards for outstand...  Read More...

  • 71 GA-ASI Suppliers Recognized with Supplier Excellence Awards

    SAN DIEGO – 29 April 2019 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has presented 71 suppliers with the company’s annual Supplier Performance Awards. The awards recognize outstanding quality and delivery performance.   Read More...

  • Army Concludes New Equipment Training for Gray Eagle Extended Range

    SAN DIEGO – 14 April 2019 – The U.S. Army has completed its New Equipment Training (NET) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky for the MQ-1C ER Gray Eagle Extended Range. The training covered new maintenance procedures, manuals and ground support equipment associated with the MQ-1C ER, which is a new Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) produced by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.   Read More...

  • Gray Eagle Model Featured in New Army Museum

    Donation Follows $50,000 Pledge to Support NMUSA SAN DIEGO – 11 April 2019 – A one-fifth-scale model of the MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) now hangs from the ceiling of the new National Museum of the United States Army (NMUSA). The model was donated by Gray Eagle developer General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) and follows the $50,000 cash donation the company pledged to the Museum in 2018.   Read More...

  • Certifiable Ground Control Station Controls First End-To-End Flight

    SAN DIEGO – 9 March 2019 – The Certifiable Ground Control Station (CGCS) from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) was used to control the complete flight of an MQ-9B SkyGuardian – including takeoff and landing – on March 12th. This is the first time the CGCS has been used to control an entire end-to-end flight of a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA).“Controlling takeoff and landing was the last step in a progression of flight milestones for the CGCS,” said David R.   Read More...

  • GA-ASI Breaks Ground On New Hangar In El Mirage

    SAN DIEGO - 20 March 2019 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) held a ground breaking ceremony today for a new hangar being built in El Mirage, Calif. The new facility in the high desert of southern California will be close to 150,000 square feet and be used to house and test GA-ASI’s latest Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) variant, the MQ-9B SkyGuardian.The ground breaking event for GA-ASI’s “El Mirage Hangar 80” features speakers from the company, ...  Read More...

  • GA-ASI Hosts Business Outreach Events for Belgium Companies

    “Blue Magic Belgium” Events Seek Research & Development Support for GA-ASISAN DIEGO - 19 March 2019 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, announced that it will host two events in Belgium to identify companies interested in supporting the development of MQ-9B SkyGuardian. This outreach effort follows the Government of Belgium&rs...  Read More...

  • GA-ASI Part of Aviation Week Laureate Award Winning Team

    Team Recognized for 2018 Flight of UAS in Controlled Airspace Using Detect and Avoid SAN DIEGO – 15 March 2019 – Last night at the Aviation Week Network’s 62nd Annual Laureate Awards in Washington, DC, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) and its teammates NASA, the FAA and Honeywell were honored for best achievement of 2018 in the category of Commercial Aviation-Unmanned Systems. The team was recognized for conducting the first FAA-approved, no chase plane required, flight o...  Read More...

  • US Air Force Surpasses 4 Million Flight Hours Using GA-ASI Aircraft

    The following press release was issued March 11, 2019 by the US Air Force announcing that Remotely Piloted Aircraft produced by GA-ASI have flown more than four million flight hours in service of USAF missions. 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“We are proud that our fleet of MQ-1 and MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft...  Read More...

  • Sankhya and GA-ASI Collaborate on Simulation and Training for India

    BENGULURU – 27 February 2019 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) announced today its intent to collaborate with Sankhya Infotech Limited (Sankhya) to explore Simulation Training and related efforts in support of the SeaGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) program for India. The collaboration aims to tailor RPAS crew training to comply with the relevant Indian standards.“GA-ASI looks forward to this collaboration with Indian industry,” said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI.   Read More...

  • New Block 50 Ground Control Station Flies MQ-9 Reaper

    SAN DIEGO – 26 February 2019 – The U.S. Air Force’s new Block 50 Ground Control Station (GCS) – developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) – for the first time controlled an MQ-9 Reaper® on January 8th from the GA-ASI Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility near Palmdale, Calif.The Block 50 GCS cockpit for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) is designed with improved capabilities through an optimized Human Machine Interface (HMI) that signif...  Read More...

  • Air 7003 Team Reaper Australia Takes Shape

    GEELONG – 26 February 2019 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), the leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, electro-optic and related mission systems, today outlined the tangible progress of Team Reaper® Australia towards achieving the Australian Industry Content requirements for this project. GA-ASI first unveiled Team Reaper Australia at AVALON 2017 when the team consisted of four companies dedicated to the support, development...  Read More...

  • GA-ASI Continues Ontime Development of MQ-9B

    The MQ-9B provides persistent Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) around the clock with an operating cost well below most manned platforms.GEELONG – 25 February 2019 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), the leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, continues the ontime development of its latest RPA, the MQ-9B. GA-ASI designed MQ-9B as the next generation ...  Read More...

  • GA-ASI Demonstrates SATCOM Launch & Recovery for MQ-9B Using Expeditionary Command & Control (XC2)

    SAN DIEGO – 15 February 2019 – On December 4, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) demonstrated a complete MQ-9B mission without the use of a Launch and Recovery Element (LRE) Ground Control Station (GCS). “Using a portable laptop computer in conjunction with SATCOM taxi and Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability is a game-changer for our customers,” said David R.   Read More...

  • GA-ASI and Raytheon Deutschland Prove New Digital Sensor

    SAN DIEGO – 11 February 2019 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), the leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, electro-optic and related mission systems, and Raytheon Deutschland GmbH based in Freising, Germany, have successfully proven the performance of a recently developed Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) sensor called the Advanced Radar Detection System (ARDS). The payload was integrated in a wing-mounted pod and test-flown on an MQ-9 RPAS.“We...  Read More...

  • GA-ASI Hosts Industry Showcase Highlighting UK Partners

    -- New Contracts Signed with MBDA and Raytheon UK -- New MOA Signed with BAE Systems --LONDON – 24 January 2019 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), the leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, electro-optic and related mission systems, hosted an Industry Showcase today to recognize UK companies that are contributing to operational systems such as MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1C Gray Eagle, and the new MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPA program. The Royal Air Forc...  Read More...

  • GA-ASI Builds Industrial Collaboration Team in Belgium for MQ-9B SkyGuardian

    SAN DIEGO – 15 January 2019 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), the leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, electro-optic and related mission systems, announced today that it has teamed with five Belgium-based businesses as part of an industrial collaboration effort with the Belgian aerospace and defense industry. Team SkyGuardian Belgium includes GA-ASI, SABCA, Thales Belgium, Esterline, DronePort, and satellite communication technology compan...  Read More...

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