Press Releases 2015

  • GA-ASI Delivers Final Two RQ-1 Predators to Italian Air Force

    SAN DIEGO – 22 December 2015 – 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 that the Italian Air Force (ItAF) has accepted delivery of two RQ-1 Predator® RPA systems, marking final deliveries of  GA-ASI's Predator A product line. "With the delivery of these aircraft, GA-ASI completes over two decades of delivering Predator A capabilities...

  • GA-ASI Executives Honored by San Diego Air & Space Museum

    Frank Pace, Tom Cassidy Inducted into International Air & Space Hall of Fame SAN DIEGO – 25 November 2015 – 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 that Frank W. Pace, GA-ASI's current Aircraft Systems president, and Thomas J.

  • Gray Eagle Conducts Manned-unmanned Teaming in South Korea

    UAS Passes Imagery to Apache Helicopters and Ground Forces in First-ever Missions Flown over South Korea SAN DIEGO – 18 November 2015 – 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 that a U.S. Army Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) recently conducted manned-unmanned teaming exercises in South Korea.

  • General Atomics Physicist at White House Energy Summit

    Speaking on Advancing Technology Safety and Low-cost Energy WASHINGTON, DC. – 9 November 2015 – Speaking at the White House Summit on Nuclear Energy today, physicist Dr. Christina Back of General Atomics (GA) highlighted the urgency of developing next-generation fast-gas reactors with new materials to enhance safety and ensure energy security.As GA's Director of Nuclear Technologies and Materials, Dr.

  • GA-ASI Awarded Major U.S. Army Contract for Improved Gray Eagle

    Latest Aircraft Joins Gray Eagle, Adds Increased Endurance and Range AUSA ANNUAL, WASHINGTON – 14 October 2015 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), radars, and electro-optic and related mission solutions, today announced that it has been awarded a full-rate production contract by the U.S. Army for 19 Improved Gray Eagle (IGE) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to be delivered by September 2018.

  • GA-ASI Flies Advanced Communications System Aboard Predator B

    Supports RPA Airworthiness Certification Requirements for European Customers SAN DIEGO – 13 October 2015 – 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 the successful flight of a company-owned Predator® B integrated with a certified Rohde & Schwarz R&S MR6000A air traffic control radio. The flight lasted 48 minutes, launching from the...

  • General Atomics Receives DOE/NNSA Funding to Advance U.S. Produced Supply of Medical Isotopes

    Cooperative agreement supports work by General Atomics and its partners, the University of Missouri Research Reactor and Nordion SAN DIEGO (Sept. 30) – A new cooperative agreement between the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Adminstration (NNSA) and General Atomics (GA) was announced today under which NNSA will contribute $9.7M to advance critical work to develop a reliable U.S. based supply of the medical isotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) without use of highly enriched uranium.

  • GA-ASI Confirms Plans to Open RPA Training Academy

    Company to Stand up New Facility in North Dakota UAS SUMMIT, GRAND FORKS, N.D. – 22 September 2015 – 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 confirmed plans to open a RPA Training Academy in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

  • U.S. Air Force Fields MQ-9 Reaper Extended Range

    Reaper ER Named as Finalist in Aviation Week Program of Excellence Awards AFA AIR & SPACE, WASHINGTON – 15 September 2015 – 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 that its Predator® B/MQ-9 Reaper® Extended Range (Reaper ER) RPA fleet has achieved a historic milestone with the first operational fielding of Reaper ER by the U.S. Air F...

  • GA-ASI Honored By Local AIAA Chapter

    Company Receives Awards for Outstanding Aerospace Management and Contribution to the Community San Diego – June 23, 2015 – 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 that it recently was honored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) with local awards for outstanding aerospace management and contribution to the com...

  • General Atomics Awarded Production Contract for Launch & Recovery Systems for Future John F. Kennedy Aircraft Carrier

    General Atomics Awarded Production Contract for Launch & Recovery Systems for Future John F. Kennedy Aircraft Carrier San Diego, CA, 22 June 2015 – General Atomics (GA) was awarded an undefinitized contract action for the production of the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) for the future CVN 79 aircraft carrier to be named John F. Kennedy.

  • General Atomics Railgun Projectile Development Passes Critical Tests at U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Ground

    San Diego, CA, 22 June 2015 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that projectiles with on-board electronics survived the railgun launch environment and performed their intended functions in four consecutive tests on 9-10 June at the U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Ground in Utah.  The week of test activity included marking the 100th successful launch from the GA-EMS' 3 megajoule Blitzer® electromagnetic railgun. "This is a significant milestone in the technology dev...

  • GA-ASI Implements State-of-the-Art Software to Enhance Quality

    Company Teams With Accenture and SAP to Redesign, Improve Operational Processes PARIS AIR SHOW – June 17, 2015 – 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 that it has implemented the first major phase of its Operational Process Integration (OPI) project. A major company-wide initiative, OPI intends to redesign and improve its operational e...

  • CAE and GA-ASI to develop Predator UAS simulator for Italian Air Force

    Paris, France, June 16, 2015 – (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) – Today at the Paris Air Show, CAE announced the Italian Directorate for Air Armaments and Airworthiness (DAAA) has contracted CAE to develop and deliver upgrades and enhancements to a Predator Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Mission Trainer being developed for the Italian Air Force. Together, CAE and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) intend to develop a high fidelity UAS Mission Trainer specifically representing the Italian Air...

  • Cobham and GA-ASI extend partnership to provide UAV whole life support in the UK and Australia

    Cobham Aviation Services (Cobham) and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) have today signed a Teaming Agreement to create an affiliation covering whole life support arrangements for GA-ASI products in the UK and Australia. The teaming arrangement focuses on the provision of support for the Predator® B / MQ-9 Reaper® Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) system currently in operation with the Royal Air Force (RAF), as well as future RPA opportunities in Australia.

  • Certifiable Predator B Completes Critical Design Review

    New Predator B Variant on Track to be Certified for Flight in European Airspace PARIS AIR SHOW – 15 June 2015 – 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 that it reached a significant milestone in its Independent Research and Development (IRAD) program to design, develop, and produce a variant of the Predator® B RPA to be certified for fli...

  • Peter Fortescue Dies at 102

    Dr. Peter Fortescue, an internationally recognized leader in the development of helium-cooled nuclear reactors for electric power generation, passed away May 27 in San Diego at the age of 102. For many years he was chief research and development engineer at General Atomic Division of General Dynamics, the predecessor of today's General Atomics. He was leader of the team responsible for the initial development of the High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor (HTGR) for electric power generation, a...

  • French Air Force Adds Third Reaper to Fleet

    Latest Aircraft Joins Two MQ-9 Reapers in Deployed Operations SAN DIEGO – 29 May 2015 – 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 that it has delivered a third Predator® B/MQ-9 Reaper® RPA to the French Ministry of Defense. Delivered less than two months after contract award, the aircraft joins two other French Reapers in service, which to...

  • Hellads Laser Completes Development

    Lightweight, Tactical Laser Weapon System Ready for Live Fire Field Testing SAN DIEGO – 21 May 2015 – 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 that the High-Energy Liquid Laser (HELLADS) completed the U.S. Government Acceptance Test Procedure and is now being shipped to the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), New Mexico.

  • General Atomics Fabricates the World’s Largest Superconducting Electromagnet

    Operations underway for a new global clean-energy program ITER Central Solenoid San Diego – April 10, 2015 – General Atomics (GA) has launched operations to fabricate the ITER Central Solenoid, a 1,000-ton superconducting electromagnet designed to initiate and drive a hot plasma for fusion energy. The Central Solenoid will be among the most powerful magnets ever built with each of the six modules containing the equivalent energy of 1,000 cars racing 100 MPH. ITER is an international nuclear fusi...

  • Gen 3 High Energy Laser Completes Beam Quality Evaluation

    HEL System Designed for Land, Sea, and Airborne Platforms SAN DIEGO – 8 April 2015 – 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 that an independent measurement team contracted by the U.S. Government has completed beam quality and power measurements of GA-ASI’s Gen 3 High Energy Laser System (HEL) using the Joint Technology Office ...

  • Scientists Record Fusion Energy Breakthrough at General Atomics

    SAN DIEGO – 15 March 2015 – Researchers from General Atomics and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have made a major breakthrough in understanding how potentially damaging heat bursts inside a fusion reactor can be controlled. Scientists performed the experiments on the DIII-D National Fusion Facility, a tokamak operated by General Atomics in San Diego.

  • Supplier Excellence Award Winners Recognized by GA-ASI

    Over 40 Suppliers Receive Accolades for Superlative Service SAN DIEGO – 20 March 2015 – 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 that it has honored 45 suppliers with the company's annual Supplier Excellence Awards in recognition of outstanding quality and delivery performance. "A key component behind GA-ASI's success is our highly skille...

  • Predator B Achieves One Million Flight Hours

    Predator/Gray Eagle Series Also Sets Record for 2014 Flight Hours SAN DIEGO – 16 March 2015 – 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 that its Predator® B/MQ-9 Reaper® RPA fleet has achieved a historic milestone of one million cumulative flight hours, with almost 90-percent of all missions flown in combat. Additionally, GA-ASI announced ...

  • Princeton and General Atomics Scientists Make Breakthrough in Understanding How to Control Intense Heat Bursts in Fusion Experiments

    Computer simulation of a cross-section of a DIII-D plasma responding to tiny magnetic fields. The left image models the response that suppressed the ELMs while the right image shows a response that was ineffective. Newswise Mar 13, 2015 — Researchers from General Atomics and the U.S.

  • GA-ASI and SENER Team to Offer Predator B to Spain

    Partnership Supports Industrial Opportunities for Spanish Workforce SAN DIEGO – 2 March 2015 – 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, and SENER, a leading Spanish engineering company, today announced that they have signed a teaming agreement that promotes the use of the multi-mission Predator B® RPA to support Spain's airborne surveillance and rec...

  • Sterigenics International and Nordion announce landmark Canada-U.S. partnership agreement to provide a long-term, reliable supply of medical isotopes

    New medical isotope supply agreements with U.S.-based MURR and General Atomics will serve patients in Canada, the U.S. and around the world.OTTAWA, Feb. 20, 2015 /CNW/ - Sterigenics International LLC and subsidiary Nordion, announced today agreements with General Atomics and the University of Missouri Research Reactor Center (MURR®) to establish a new, reliable supply of medical isotopes that will serve millions of patients around the world."Achieving a long-term supply of medical ...

  • GA-ASI VAlidates Airborne Sense & Avoid Radar Functionality Aboard Predator B

    Air-to-Air Radar Tracks Multiple Airborne Targets Across a Wide Field-of-Regard SAN DIEGO – 12 February 2015 – 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, announced a major technological advancement related to the integration of RPA into international and domestic airspace. GA-ASI successfully flight tested a pre-production Due Regard Radar (DRR), marking t...

  • Predator XP Sets New Company Record for Long Endurance Flight

    Long-Endurance Capability Validated; Flies for 40-Plus Consecutive Hours SAN DIEGO – 12 February 2015 – 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 the successful first endurance flight of  Predator® XP, an advanced derivative of the mission-proven MQ-1 Predator RPA that has accumulated over two million flight hours since 1994. The flig...

  • General Atomics to Perform Additional Railgun Pulse Power Work

    San Diego, Calif., 11 Feb. 2015. General Atomics (GA) was awarded a contract modification by the U.S.

  • Single Predator B RPA Amasses 20,000 Flight Hours

    Total GA-ASI Predator B Deliveries Nears 230 SAN DIEGO – 12 January 2015 – 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 that a Predator® B/MQ-9 Reaper® RPA has reached a record 20,000 flight hours on a single aircraft, signifying the highest flight time of any Predator B. The milestone was achieved while performing a 17-hour combat mission in...

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