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General Atomics Lined Up for Reaper Block 5 Production Contract From Air Force

TYSONS CORNER, VA, October 5, 2018 — A General Atomics business unit is set to receive a sole-source contract from the U.S. Air Force for the production of MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 unmanned aircraft systems for fiscal year 2019, ExecutiveBiz reported Thursday. The Air Force Materiel Command said in a FedBizOpps notice posted Wednesday that …

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General Atomics Holds 1st Flight of 2nd SkyGuardian RPA to Test Capabilities

TYSONS CORNER, VA, October 4, 2018 — General Atomics has flown a second MQ-9B SkyGuardian variant of the Predator B remotely piloted aircraft as part of preparations to deliver to its first customer in the 2020s, ExecutiveBiz reported Wednesday. The company said Tuesday its aeronautical systems business held the initial flight of the second …

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NASA Picks GA-ASI, Bell & PAE ISR to Demo Commercial UAS in National Airspace

TYSONS CORNER, VA, August 31, 2018 — General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business, PAE‘s joint venture with American Operations Corp. and Textron‘s (NYSE: TXT) Bell Helicopter subsidiary will work on a two-year NASA project focused on commercial unmanned aircraft systems, ExecutiveBiz reported Thursday. NASA said Wednesday it selected Bell, General Atomics Aeronautical …

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General Atomics, Partner Test Performance of Arresting Hook for Proposed Navy Drone Tanker

TYSONS CORNER, VA, July 25, 2018 — A General Atomics business unit has completed tests on the performance of an arresting hook that it built with Fokker for a proposed U.S. Navy unmanned aerial refueling aircraft under the MQ-25 Stingray program, ExecutiveBiz reported Tuesday. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. and Fokker worked to verify …

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Inmarsat Provides Satcom Connectivity for General Atomics RPA Trans-Atlantic Flight Test

TYSONS CORNER, VA, July 16, 2018 — An Inmarsat Government L-band satellite communications system has helped General Atomics’ aeronautical systems division control an MQ-9B SkyGuardian remotely piloted aircraft on its first flight across the Atlantic, ExecutiveBiz reported Friday. The SwiftBroadband system, which uses the I-4 satellite network to provide worldwide connectivity, was used in …

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General Atomics, Pratt & Whitney Test Engine Tech for Drone Tanker

TYSONS CORNER, VA, June 4, 2018 — An industry team led by General Atomics’ aeronautical systems unit has used a Pratt & Whitney-built engine technology for an unmanned aerial refueling aircraft that the former is offering to the U.S. Navy, ExecutiveBiz reported Friday. General Atomics said Thursday both companies tested …

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General Atomics Picks Industry Partners in Bid for Canada’s RPA Project

TYSONS CORNER, VA, May 31, 2018 — General Atomics’ aeronautical systems unit has created an industry team aimed at addressing Canada’s requirements for multimission remotely piloted aircraft systems, ExecutiveBiz reported Wednesday. The company said Tuesday it partnered with CAE, L3 Technologies’ (NYSE: LLL) Wescam subsidiary and Maxar Technologies’ (NYSE: MAXR) MDA business …

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General Atomics Lands $206M Air Force Reaper UAV Retrofit Contract

General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business has secured a potential six-year, $206 million contract to retrofit the latest variant of the U.S. Air Force‘s MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles. The Defense Department said Wednesday General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. will update 122 MQ-9 Block 5 UAVs through June 20, 2024. USAF will obligate $40.9 million in …

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General Atomics Holds Demonstration of Guardian RPA in Japan

TYSONS CORNER, VA, May 16, 2018 — General Atomics’ aeronautical systems business has begun the three-week public demonstration of its Guardian remotely piloted aircraft in Nagasaki, Japan, ExecutiveBiz reported Tuesday. The company said Monday the demonstration of the Guardian RPA, which is designed to gather data to help develop guidelines for …

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General Atomics Pushes MQ-25 Bid With Aircraft Carrier Deck Taxi, Launch & Recovery Demo

TYSONS CORNER, VA, April 18, 2018 — A business unit of General Atomics has conducted a demonstration of flight deck taxi and launch-and-recovery operations aboard an aircraft carrier using the Predator C Avenger unmanned aerial vehicle in support of the company’s bid on the U.S. Navy‘s MQ-25 Stingray carrier-based tanker drone program, ExecutiveBiz …

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