Christopher Ames: General Atomics Reaper Tweak Anticipates Growth in Maritime Surveillance Market

General AtomicsTYSONS CORNER, VA July 6, 2015 — General Atomics said it now offers a lower-cost variant of its MQ-9 Reaper drone for terrestrial and maritime use capable of being re-tasked in midair depending on mission requirements, ExecutiveBiz reported Thursday.

DoD Buzz said Tuesday Christopher Ames, director of international strategic development for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, revealed the new maritime mode has been integrated into the Reaper’s Lynx synthetic aperture radar.

“It could be used as a trip wire for a follow-on manned aircraft. It really scales the resources more smartly, ” he was quoted as saying, adding, “There’s a growing interest in maritime surveillance.”

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