Press Releases

  • GA-ASI Hosts Three Industry Days Across Spain

    Leading RPA Manufacturer Seeks Spanish Defence Industry SuppliersSAN DIEGO – 29 November 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAS) systems, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, has announced that it intends to hold three 'industry days' across Spain in January 2017.GA-ASI was selected by the Spanish Ministry of Defence to provide the Predator B RPAS...

  • GA-ASI's Type-Certifiable Predator B Takes Flight

    SAN DIEGO – 28 November 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced that its Type-Certifiable Predator® B (TCPB) variant completed its first flight test at the company's Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility near Palmdale, Calif., on November 17th."The first flight of our Certifiable Predator-B aircraft is a m...

  • GA-ASI Offers Capital Aircraft to Support Humanitarian Efforts

    Potential to Deliver Humanitarian Rations to 3,400 People Daily SAN DIEGO – 14 November 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, announced today that it can provide a company-owned aircraft to support humanitarian relief efforts.“Angel One,” an aircraft based on the jet-propelled Predator® RPA system owned and oper...

  • GA-ASI Conducts First Flight of Avenger Extended Range

    Avenger Continues to Grow in Endurance and CapabilitySAN DIEGO – 10 November 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced the successful first flight of its new Avenger® Extended Range (ER) aircraft, an extended range version of its multi-mission jet-powered Predator® C Avenger which has accumulated over 13,000 flig...

  • DHS Fields New Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability for Predator B Fleet

    Capability Significantly Reduces Operator Training Costs and Landing IncidentsSAN DIEGO – 19 October 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), radars, and electro-optic and related mission solutions, today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has released its newest flight software which fields GA-ASI's proprietary Automatic Takeoff and Landin...

  • GA-ASI Highlights Presence In The Pacific Rim With Participation At Japan International Aerospace

    Showcases Multi-Role, Multi-Mission, and Interoperable CapabilitiesJAPAN INTERNATIONAL AEROSPACE, TOKYO – 12 October 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), the leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced that it will have a significant presence at the Japan International Aerospace show in Tokyo, Japan, Oct. 12-15, including hands-on demonstrations of its Advanced...

  • GA-ASI Demonstrates Advanced Communications Capability

    Network Centric Communications Pod Enhances Long-Range CommunicationsMODERN DAY MARINE, QUANTICO, Va. – 27 September 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced that its Network Centric Communications Pod (NCCP) successfully demonstrated the ability to provide a robust communications data link between Unmanned Aircraft Sys...

  • GA-ASI Predator-series Aircraft Exceed Four Million Flight Hours

    RPA Fleet Enables Customers Worldwide with Round-the-Clock System AvailabilityAFA AIR, SPACE & CYBER, WASHINGTON – 20 September 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced that its Predator®-series family of aircraft, including MQ-1 Predator, MQ-9 Reaper®, and MQ-1C Gray Eagle, has achieved a historic industry mileston...

  • Certifiable Predator B Successfully Completes Aircraft Integration

    Ground and Flight Testing to Commence This FallSAN DIEGO – 7 September 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced that aircraft integration of its new Certifiable Predator® B (CPB) RPA system has been completed at the company's Poway, Calif., production facility and that the aircraft has been shipped to its Gray ...

  • GA-ASI UAS Flight Training Academy Graduates First Aircrews

    Students Poised to Deploy as Academy Ramps Up OperationsSAN DIEGO – 25 August 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced that the company's new Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Flight Training Academy graduated its first cadre of GA-ASI aircrews on August 12th."Our first graduates have benefitted from safe, effect...

  • GA-ASI Completes Latest Airborne Missile Defense Test

    Predator B Detects and Tracks Ballistic Missile in Pacific Dragon ExerciseSAN DIEGO – 15 August 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced that through a contract with the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), it executed a missile tracking test as part of the Pacific Dragon (PD) exercise held June 26-28 off the coast of th...

  • GA-ASI Conducts UAS Training Academy First Flight

    Flight Demonstrates Ability to Perform Commercial Operations in National AirspaceSAN DIEGO – 28 July 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced the successful first flight of a company-owned Predator® A at GA-ASI’s new Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Flight Training Academy in Grand Forks, North Dakota, on July 28th.“This first flight...

  • GA-ASI Strengthens Commitment to Increased Cooperation with India

    Plans to Open Local Office, Enhance Country’s Maritime SecurityFARNBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW – 12 July 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced that it plans to expand its presence in India and open an office in New Delhi by the end of the year.GA-ASI recognizes the importance of India and looks forward to working more closely...

  • GA-ASI and NLR Partner to Facilitate RPA Integration in European Airspace

    Agreement Supports RPA Operational Approval for Flights in European AirspaceFARNBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW – 12 July 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, and the NLR-Netherlands Aerospace Centre today announced that they have executed an agreement to support expanded operational approval for GA-ASI RPA to fly in non-segregated European air...

  • GA-ASI's Predator C Avenger Receives FAA Experimental Certificate

    Fleet Surpasses 10,000 Flight HoursFARNBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW – 11 July 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced that its company-owned Predator® C Avenger® RPA system has achieved a historic milestone in receiving a FAA-issued Experimental Certificate (EC), enabling it to perform routine operations in t...

  • Royal Air Force to Acquire Certifiable Predator B

    Reaper Replacement to Commence in 2018FARNBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW – 11 JULY 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced that the UK Ministry of Defence has selected the Certifiable Predator® B (CPB) RPA system, with some specific modifications, to fulfill the country's future armed Intelligence, Surveillanc...

  • GA-ASI Customer News - Two Month UAS Flight Test Series Concludes

    Please note the following feature story posted today by NASA. For further information, comments, or photos about GA-ASI’s participation, please contact Kimberly Kasitzat +1 (858) 312-2294 or via kimberly.kasitz@ga-asi.com.www.nasa.gov/feature/two-month-uas-flight-test-series-concludes

  • GA-ASI and Raytheon to Integrate German Advanced Radar Detection System onto Predator B

    System Adds ELINT Capability to Multi-mission RPASAN DIEGO – 7 July 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic and related mission system solutions, and Raytheon Deutschland GmbH, a leading manufacturer of airborne electronic warfare and sensor systems and airborne radars, today announced that they will integrate the Advanced Radar Detection System (AR...

  • Certifiable Predator B Fuselage Integration Begins

    Marks First Step of Physical Production; Flight Testing Planned for Late 2016SAN DIEGO – 6 July 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced that fuselage integration of its new Certifiable Predator® B (CPB) RPA system in now underway. "The start of fuselage integration for the CPB aircraft represents a signif...

  • General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Honored by AIAA

    Company Receives Awards for Outstanding Achievement by an Aerospace Organization, Outstanding Contributions to Aerospace Management and the AIAA San Diego Section SAN DIEGO – 30 June 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced that it recently has been honored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA...

  • GA-ASI Achieves CMMI Level 5 Rating for Development and Production

    Second Consecutive Appraisal Validates Company's Commitment to Continuous ImprovementSAN DIEGO – 30 June 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced that the Development and Production processes of its Aircraft Systems business unit ("Full-Directed Programs, Systems, and Software") have been appraised at Mat...

  • Predator C Avenger Flies With MS-177 Long-Range Sensor

    Demonstrates U2-class Surveillance Capability from Significant Standoff RangesSAN DIEGO – 13 June 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced the successful flight tests of Predator® C Avenger®, equipped with a MS-177 Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR) sensor manufactured by UTC Aerospace Systems.MS-177, an advanced ...

  • GA-ASI Extends Partnership with Fokker to Develop Predator B Landing Gear Systems

    Agreement Supports Commitment to Integrate New Dutch/European CapabilitiesAIR SHOW – 2 June 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, and GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business unit, a leading Dutch aircraft systems and components manufacturer, today announced that they will collaborate to produce and support landing gear systems for Predator® B/MQ-9 Reap...

  • GA-ASI to Integrate Israeli RecceLite Reconnaissance Pod Aboard Italian Air Force MQ-9

    Marks First Sovereign Payload Integrated Aboard Customer Aircraft ILA BERLIN AIR SHOW – 2 June 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic and related mission system solutions, today announced that it will integrate RecceLite™, a versatile imagery reconnaissance pod, onto an Italian Air Force (ItAF) Predator® B/MQ-9. RecceLite is manufactured by Rafael, a leading d...

  • Predator B Big Wing Flies Over 37 Hours Non-Stop

    Test Program Validates Long-Endurance Capability ILA BERLIN AIR SHOW – 1 June 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced the longest endurance flight of the Predator® B/MQ-9 Reaper® Big Wing aircraft, a next-generation derivative of the combat-proven Predator B RPA. "This long-endurance flight demonstrates Predator B Big Wing's game-...

  • GA-ASI and CBP Successfully Test Airborne Detect and Avoid System Aboard Guardian UAS

    First Integration and Evaluation of Due Regard Radar Aboard Customer Aircraft ILA BERLIN AIR SHOW – 1 June 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced the successful operational testing of a Detect and Avoid (DAA) system including GA-ASI's Due Regard Radar (DRR) aboard a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Guardian Unmanned Aircr...

  • GA-ASI to Exhibit Predator B RPA at ILA Berlin

    Company Positioning Predator B - Guardian Eagle for Germany SAN DIEGO – 29 May 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, tactical radars, and electro-optic and related mission system solutions, today announced that it will have a significant presence at the upcoming ILA show in Berlin, Germany, June 1-4, including a full-scale, company-owned Predator® B RPA. "The ILA Berlin Air Show marks the first time GA-ASI h...

  • GA-ASI RPA Training Academy Augmented With Simulator, Instructors

    Collaboration Supports Industrial Opportunities for North Dakota Workforce SAN DIEGO – 25 May 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced two contracts in support of GA-ASI's new RPA Training Academy in Grand Forks, North Dakota. GA-ASI will collaborate with the UND Aerospace Foundation located at the University of North Dakota (UND) ...

  • SENER Presents GA-ASI’s Predator B at UNVEX

          MADRID (SPAIN) – 5 May 2016 – Madrid (Spain), May 5, 2016 - The SENER engineering firm, along with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) in Spain, will be at UNVEX 2016 offering information about GA-ASI’s remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) Predator ® B, recently purchased by the Spanish Armed Forces. A one-sixth scale model of Predator B will be on show at a stand shared by both companies.

  • Certifiable Predator B Completes Fuselage Integrity Testing

    Major Step in Validating Aircraft Airworthiness Achieved SAN DIEGO – 4 May 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced that it has successfully completed fuselage structural integrity testing of its Certifiable Predator® B (CPB) RPA.  "Completion of this testing signifies that the design of the new fuselage will be able to meet t...

  • NASA Preparing for Fourth Series of Flight Tests of Unmanned Aircraft

    Please note the following feature story posted today by NASA. For further information, comments, or photos about GA-ASI’s participation, please contact Kimberly Kasitz at +1 (858) 312-2294 or via kimberly.kasitz@ga-asi.com. https://www.nasa.gov/centers/armstrong/features/flight_test_series_4.html

  • Predator B Extended Range Conducts First Flight With Long Wings

    Upgrade Dramatically Increases Flight Time; Advances Next-Gen Predator AFA AIR WARFARE, WASHINGTON – 25 February 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced the successful first flight of Predator® B/MQ-9 Reaper® Extended Range (ER) Long Wing, retrofitted with improved long-endurance wings with greater internal fuel capacity and addit...

  • Spain to Acquire Predator B

    GA-ASI and SENER Teamed to Provide Capability to Spain SAN DIEGO – 17 February 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced its notification of Spain's selection of the Predator® B/MQ-9 Reaper® RPA system to support the nation's airborne surveillance and reconnaissance requirements. The Spanish Ministry of Defense has awarded GA-ASI th...

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