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Team SkyGuardian

Team SkyGuardian Canada


Committed to Canada, the Canadian Armed Forces and the industries that support them. For over a decade, the MQ—9 platform has supported FVEY and NATO missions — together we continue to secure the future... and we’re here to stay.

Our Canadian Team

Enduring partnerships — ensuring long-term Canadian growth.

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70+ Years

Leading Aviation

30+ Years

Cutting-Edge UAS
Design & Manufacturing


A Growing Industrial
Network of Canadian Partners

Across All Canadian Regions

2,000+ Canadian contractors and suppliers across Canada working with Team SkyGuardian teammates – and growing.

Canadian Involvement

Canadian industry across aerospace, space and unmanned systems coming together to solve for tomorrow’s RPAS solutions, today.

Canada’s workforce and MQ-9B SkyGuardian are leading the world’s most advanced Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) RPAS and fulfilling Canada’s RPAS Project requirements.
Autonomous Technologies
  • Autonomous Technologies

  • RPAS on-board automation and flexible-based technologies, including Automatic Takeoff and Landing Control (ATLC), autonomous taxi via SATCOM, automated aircraft start and shutdown and more.

  • Training/Simulation – CAE Inc.

  • Achieving mission readiness through advanced training solutions, such as courseware, computer-based and classroom-based training, training centers and integrated learning management systems.

In-Service Support
  • In-Service Support – CAE Inc.

  • Comprehensive maintenance and support services to help ensure customers’ training devices are available and maintain reliability and durability during operational missions.

EO/IR Systems
  • EO/IR Systems – L3Harris Technologies

  • Electro-optical Infrared imaging systems for high-altitude, long-range persistent surveillance and reconnaissance.

Why Team SkyGuardian?

We’re always looking to bring on new capabilities onto the team. If you’d like to learn more about Team SkyGuardian and get involved, please click the button below.

Canadian Sovereignty & Security

Canadian Sovereignty & Security

Technologies brought on by Canadian industry ensure regional sustainment and in-service support of RPAS systems.

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Global Export Opportunities

Significant global export opportunities on over 400+ deployed MQ-9 series aircraft.

Diverse Expertise

Diverse Expertise

Small to large-sized, indigenous and diverse-owned companies, and under-represented groups in the Canadian workforce bringing key expertise.

Defining the Future of RPAS

Defining the Future of RPAS

We’re catalyzing technological breakthroughs from AI, machine-to-machine learning and automation to RPAS in non-segregated airspace.

Join The Team

Empowering a skilled workforce to meet the needs of the future RPAS and UAS industries.

  • Engineering
  • Research & Development
  • Manufacturing
  • Program Management
  • Aircraft & Avionics Mechanics
  • Flight Training Instructors

MQ-9B SkyGuardian

  • Industry-Leading Endurance

  • 40+ hours of endurance.

  • Detect-and-Avoid System

  • First ever Detect-and-Avoid System for RPAS to safely operate in non-segregated airspace.

MQ-9B SkyGuardian

  • All-Weather Design

  • Ice-Protection System that allows for operations in adverse weather conditions.

  • The Multi-Mission Solution

  • MQ-9B SkyGuardian is the state-of-the-art proven RPAS system ready to deliver Canadian Defence world-class multi-domain awareness for a wide-range of mission sets.

    • Search & Rescue
    • Humanitarian & Disaster Relief Assistance
    • Environmental Monitoring
    • Global Peacekeeping Operations
    • Military & Defence
    • Maritime Surveillance

  • Interoperability Requirements

  • MQ-9B SkyGuardian is exclusively interoperable with Canada’s closest allies, including NORAD, FVEY and NATO. It seamlessly integrates with current and future Canadian Defence and civil air and ground assets.

  • Civil Airspace Integration

  • MQ-9B SkyGuardian is the world’s first RPAS with a certifiable design to fly in non-segregated airspace. MQ-9B is a result of a five-year, company-funded program to deliver an RPAS that meets the stringent airworthiness requirements of NATO and various civil authorities. As part of the certification effort, MQ-9B is provisioned with a GA-ASI-developed Detect and Avoid (DAA) system. The DAA system consists of a Due Regard Radar (air-to-air radar), coupled with a Traffic alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS II) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B).

  • MQ-9B Upcoming Demonstrations

  • GA-ASI’s 2021 European Maritime Demos will begin this summer, click here to learn which capabilities will be showcased, demo locations, dates and more.

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