General Atomics Aeronautical - Self-Protection Pod

Self-Protection Pod

Aircraft Survivability System

Missionized self-protection allows remotely piloted aircraft to continue delivering critical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance in high-tension environments. The Self-Protection Pod (SPP) is a game-changing countermeasures capability that enables the tracking of radio frequency and infrared missile threats, deployment of countermeasures, and real-time threat awareness and protection. At the heart of the SPP is the Terma AN/ALQ-213 Electronic Warfare Management System, which provides the interface, health, status, and command and control for the various systems installed in the pod. The AN/ALQ-213 functions as the aircraft survivability equipment manager, which coordinates between the various threat warning and dispensing systems to automatically dispense the appropriate sequencing pattern and expendables to protect the aircraft.

Key Benefits

  • Leverages state-of-the-art aircraft survivability equipment to provide full-spectrum awareness and countermeasures
  • Mitigates surface-to-air threats for current MQ-1C, MQ-9, and manned aircraft
  • Delivers enhanced survivability against both infrared and radio frequency threats
  • Utilizes both onboard and offboard countermeasures to increase survivability during entire engagement window

Mission Sets

  • Aircraft self-protection


Dimensions: 82” x 23” x 19”  |  208.3 cm x 58.4 cm x 48.3 cm
Weight: 386 lb  |  175.1 kg
Power: 115 VAC, 2.5 KvA