Press Releases

  • General Atomics: U.S. Must Put Higher Emphasis On "Leapfrog Technologies" In Advanced Reactor Research

    Advanced Reactor Concepts Must Solve All Four Core Objectives: Cost, Safety, Proliferation, and Waste WASHINGTON – 17 May 2016 – In written testimony submitted to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for their hearing examining "The Status Of Advanced Nuclear Technologies," Dr. Christina Back, Vice President, Nuclear Technologies and Materials for General Atomics and lead physicist responsible for the Energy Multiplier Module (EM2), an advanced reactor concept, highlighted the conce...

  • General Atomics' Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Launches Expanded Operations in Huntsville, AL

    SAN DIEGO, CA, 12 MAY 2016 – General Atomics (GA) announced today the company held a Ribbon-Cutting ceremony at its facility in the Cummings Research Park in Huntsville, Alabama, on Friday, May 6th, 2016.  The ceremony marked the expansion of GA's operations in the Huntsville area, a growing center for research, science and technology enterprises.    "Huntsville represents a key center of excellence for U.S. space and defense technology research and development," stated Scott Forn...

  • SENER Presents GA-ASI’s Predator B at UNVEX

          MADRID (SPAIN) – 5 May 2016 – Madrid (Spain), May 5, 2016 - The SENER engineering firm, along with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) in Spain, will be at UNVEX 2016 offering information about GA-ASI’s remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) Predator ® B, recently purchased by the Spanish Armed Forces. A one-sixth scale model of Predator B will be on show at a stand shared by both companies.

  • Certifiable Predator B Completes Fuselage Integrity Testing

    Major Step in Validating Aircraft Airworthiness Achieved SAN DIEGO – 4 May 2016 – 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 successfully completed fuselage structural integrity testing of its Certifiable Predator® B (CPB) RPA.  "Completion of this testing signifies that the design of the new fuselage will be able to meet t...

  • General Atomics' Railgun System Demonstrated at U.S. Army's Maneuver and Fires Integration Experiment Event

    SAN DIEGO, CA, 25 April 2016 – General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that its Blitzer® electromagnetic railgun system was demonstrated at the U.S. Army's Fires Center of Excellence annual Maneuver and Fires Integration Experiment (MFIX), April 4-21 at Ft. Sill in Lawton, OK.

  • General Atomics' EM² Featured In Senate Hearing On Advanced Reactor Research And Future of Nuclear Regulatory Commission

    EM2 Advanced Reactor Concept Solving All Four Core Challenges Facing Nuclear Industry Washington, D.C., 21 April 2016 – Dr. Christina Back, Vice President, Nuclear Technologies and Materials for General Atomics and lead physicist responsible for the Energy Multiplier Module (EM2), an advanced reactor concept, today testified before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee's Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Energy on the efforts to modernize the Nuclear Regulatory Commissi...

  • General Atomics Lithium Ion Battery System Successfully Completes On-hull Demonstration Testing

    Testing Verifies Safety, Functionality SAN DIEGO, CA, 11 April 2016 – General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced its Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant (LiFT™) battery has successfully undergone on-hull demonstration testing on a Special Operations Command (SOCOM) undersea vehicle. The LiFT battery, integrated on the undersea vehicle by Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, achieved Det Norske Veritas Germanischer Lloyd (DNV-GL) certification and over 60 hours of at-sea "underway...

  • AAG Program Successfully Completes First Aircraft Arrestment

    San Diego, CA, 01 April 2016 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today the first successful completion of an aircraft arrestment made with the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) March 31. GA-EMS, in collaboration with the U.S. Navy, conducted the arrestment of an F/A-18E Super Hornet at the Runway Arrested Landing Site (RALS) located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, in Lakehurst, New Jersey.

  • General Atomics Completes Successful Open Range Testing of Railgun Projectile Guidance Electronics Unit

    San Diego, CA, 13 March 2016 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that their hypersonic projectiles with prototype components for their Guidance Electronics Unit (GEU) successfully performed programmed actions and communicated component performance to a ground station via a telemetry link in tests carried out 7-9 March 2016 at the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. The GEU, housed in the aerodynamically stable test projectile consists of a number of components...

  • Predator B Extended Range Conducts First Flight With Long Wings

    Upgrade Dramatically Increases Flight Time; Advances Next-Gen Predator AFA AIR WARFARE, WASHINGTON – 25 February 2016 – 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 flight of Predator® B/MQ-9 Reaper® Extended Range (ER) Long Wing, retrofitted with improved long-endurance wings with greater internal fuel capacity and addit...

  • General Atomics to Acquire Miltec Corporation from Ducommun, Inc.

    San Diego, CA, 25 February 2016 –  General Atomics (GA) today announced that it has signed a purchase agreement to acquire Miltec Corporation (Miltec) from Ducommun Incorporated.  Based in Huntsville, AL, Miltec is a leading provider of military defense and aerospace systems design, development, integration and test services.  Miltec will be a part of the Electromagnetic Systems (EMS) group of GA.  The completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. ...

  • General Atomics Confirms Orders For Radiation Monitoring Systems to Support NRC Order EA-13-109

    San Diego, CA, 23 February 2016 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today the company has been awarded multiple contracts to deliver Radiation Monitoring Systems (RMS) to support the U.S. nuclear power plants required to conform to Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Order EA-13-109, which calls for the installation of reliable radiation monitors and Hardened Containment Vent Systems (HCVS) at plants with Boiling Water Reactors (BWR) with Mark I and II containments per p...

  • Spain to Acquire Predator B

    GA-ASI and SENER Teamed to Provide Capability to Spain SAN DIEGO – 17 February 2016 – 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 its notification of Spain's selection of the Predator® B/MQ-9 Reaper® RPA system to support the nation's airborne surveillance and reconnaissance requirements. The Spanish Ministry of Defense has awarded GA-ASI th...

  • General Atomics Railgun Projectiles Achieve Success in New Series of Critical Open Range Testing

    San Diego, CA, 08 January 2016 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that projectiles with prototype components for a Control and Actuation System (CAS) successfully performed programmed actions and communicated component performance to a ground station via a telemetry link in tests carried out 7-10 December 2015 at the U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. Fired at accelerations greater than 30,000 times that of gravity from GA-EMS’ 3 mega joule Blitzer® e...

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