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General Atomics to Retrofit Air Force UAV Ground Control Station Under $92M Contract

General Atomics has received a $92.2M contract from the U.S. Air Force to update the service branch’s ground control station for MQ-9 Block 30 unmanned aerial vehicles. The company’s aeronautical systems unit will convert the MD-1A Block 15 GCS to the Block 30 configuration in line with a fiscal 2018 retrofit effort, the …

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Army Vet Sean MacFarland Takes VP Role at General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Business

Sean MacFarland, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general, has joined General Atomics as vice president of weapons program strategic development within the company’s electromagnetic systems group. He will initially work at a company office in Washington, D.C., and will transfer to the group’s San Diego headquarters to lead transition of key technology platforms …

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General Atomics to Provide Commercial Satellite Hosting Services for NASA Imager

TYSONS CORNER, VA, September 4, 2018 — General Atomics will host a NASA space-based instrument on a commercial low-Earth-orbit satellite in support of a mission to study aerosols in the atmosphere to measure the radiance and polarization of sunlight, ExecutiveBiz reported Friday. The space agency said Friday the company will provide ground system design, …

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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 to Develop New MQ-9 UAV Sensor Under $134M MDA Contract

General Atomics‘ electromagnetic systems business has received a $133.9M Missile Defense Agency contract to develop, integrate and test a new sensor for use with the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle. The company will test the sensor in realistic conditions at locations within and outside the continental U.S., the Defense Department said Monday. The agency will …

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General Atomics to Expand, Add More Staff at North Dakota Flight Test & Training Center

TYSONS CORNER, VA, August 20, 2018 — General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems unit is planning to expand its flight test and training center in North Dakota in an effort to address the increasing demand for sensor system testing and flight crew training from U.S. and international clients, ExecutiveBiz reported Friday. The company …

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23 Firms Win Spots on $794M Navy Unmanned Undersea Vehicle R&D Support IDIQ

The U.S. Navy has awarded 23 companies positions on a potential five-year, $794.5 million contract to support the development and fabrication of unmanned undersea vehicles. The Defense Department said Monday the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division received 28 offers for the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract that will run through July 2023. Contractors …

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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 Flies SkyGuardian RPA Over Atlantic for Royal International Air Tattoo

TYSONS CORNER, VA, July 12, 2018 — General Atomics has flown an MQ-9B SkyGuardian variant of its Predator B remotely piloted aircraft from North Dakota in the U.S. to Gloucestershire in the U.K. ahead of the platform’s presentation at the 2018 Royal International Air Tattoo airshow over the weekend, ExecutiveBiz reported Wednesday. The company …

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