System Now Under Contract with U.S. Air Force
FARNBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW – 15 July 2014 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced a significant presence at this month's Farnborough International Air Show, including a demonstration of its Advanced Cockpit Block 50 Ground Control Station (GCS) within the company's new stand in Hall 2 (Stand A-9).
"Our U.S. Air Force customer continues to show elevated interest in expanding the situational awareness for its Predator® and Reaper® pilots and the Advanced Cockpit is a tremendous tool that facilitates their mission," said Frank W. Pace, president, Aircraft Systems, GA-ASI. "Farnborough is the perfect venue to demonstrate the Advanced Cockpit's capabilities to the worldwide aviation community."
GA-ASI recently received a four-year contract from the Air Force to design, develop, and test the Advanced Cockpit, which was initially developed using Internal Research and Development (IRAD) funds. Under the deal, the company will deliver seven ground control stations, manuals, and training.
An updated version over the company's legacy Predator/Reaper GCS which has logged over 2.8 million flight hours since 1994, the Advanced Cockpit has been designed in accordance with the U.S. Department of Defense's vision for GCS interoperability and commonality as outlined by the Office of the Secretary of Defense's Unmanned Control Segment Working Group (UCS-WG). Key among its enhancements is the human-centered display technology, including improved synthetic video with 3D graphics and moving maps, a 120-degree horizon field of view on multiple wide-screen graphical overlays, and high-definition video.
To schedule a demo and/or on-site media interview, please contact the GA-ASI media contact listed below. High-resolution photos of the Advanced Cockpit are also available to qualified media outlets from GA-ASI's media contact.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., an affiliate of General Atomics, delivers situational awareness by providing remotely piloted aircraft systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions for military and commercial applications worldwide. The company's Aircraft Systems business unit is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable, RPA systems, including Predator A, Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper, Gray Eagle®, the new Predator C Avenger®, and Predator XP. It also manufactures a variety of solid-state digital Ground Control Stations (GCS), including the next-generation Advanced Cockpit GCS, and provides pilot training and support services for RPA field operations. The Mission Systems business unit designs, manufactures, and integrates the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar and sophisticated Claw® sensor control and image analysis software into both manned and remotely piloted aircraft. It also focuses on providing integrated sensor payloads and software for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft platforms and develops high energy lasers, electro-optic sensors, and meta-material antennas. For more information, please visit www.ga-asi.com
Predator, Reaper, Gray Eagle, Avenger, Lynx, and Claw are registered trademarks of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
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