GA-ASI Sponsors 2018 Air Force Marathon

MQ-9 Reaper Selected as Featured Aircraft

SAN 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 support the men and women of the USAF and thrilled to have our MQ-9 Reaper featured at this great event,” said David R. Alexander, president, Aircraft Systems, GA-ASI. “The Air Force Marathon attracts 15,000 runners and supports many great charities each year. We’re happy to be part of this event and will have a large team of company runners participating as well.”

As the featured aircraft, MQ-9 Reaper will be on the finisher's medals and runner shirts, as well as a patch that every runner receives. Additionally, there will also will be a USAF MQ-9 Reaper aircraft on static display.

Developed using company funding and designed after the original Predator deployments, MQ-9 Reaper incorporates advanced Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR), Lynx® Multi-mode Radar, electronic support measures, signals intelligence, and multiple weapon options. The aircraft is engineered to exceed manned aircraft reliability standards, is equipped with redundant avionics and flight control systems, and can be outfitted with a multi-mode maritime radar for long-range maritime surveillance.

Predator B/MQ-9 is currently operational with the USAF, NASA, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Royal Air Force (UK), Italian Air Force, French Air Force, and has been procured by the Spanish Air Force and Royal Netherlands Air Force.

Hi-resolution photos of USAF MQ-9 Reaper RPA are available to qualified media outlets from the listed GA-ASI media contact.

About GA-ASI

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is the leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, including the Predator® RPA series and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar. With more than five million flight hours, GA-ASI provides long-endurance, mission-capable aircraft with integrated sensor and data link systems required to deliver persistent flight that enables situational awareness and rapid strike. The company also produces a variety of ground control stations and sensor control/image analysis software, offers pilot training and support services, and develops meta-material antennas. For more information, visit

Predator, Reaper, and Lynx are registered trademarks of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

For more information contact:

Melissa Haynes 
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. 
+1 (858) 524-8108


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