Press Releases

  • GA-ASI Conducts UAS Training Academy First Flight

    Flight Demonstrates Ability to Perform Commercial Operations in National AirspaceSAN DIEGO – 28 July 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 a company-owned Predator® A at GA-ASI’s new Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Flight Training Academy in Grand Forks, North Dakota, on July 28th.“This first flight...

  • General Atomics Radiation Monitoring Systems Operating at New U.S. Nuclear Power Plant

    Systems Installed at Watts Bar Unit 2SAN DIEGO, CA, 26 July 2016 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that its radiation monitoring systems have been successfully installed throughout the first new U.S. nuclear power plant scheduled to be put into operation since 1996. Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) selected GA-EMS to provide full plant radiation monitoring systems for the new Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear power plant.

  • GA-ASI Strengthens Commitment to Increased Cooperation with India

    Plans to Open Local Office, Enhance Country’s Maritime SecurityFARNBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW – 12 July 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 plans to expand its presence in India and open an office in New Delhi by the end of the year.GA-ASI recognizes the importance of India and looks forward to working more closely...

  • GA-ASI and NLR Partner to Facilitate RPA Integration in European Airspace

    Agreement Supports RPA Operational Approval for Flights in European AirspaceFARNBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW – 12 July 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, and the NLR-Netherlands Aerospace Centre today announced that they have executed an agreement to support expanded operational approval for GA-ASI RPA to fly in non-segregated European air...

  • GA-ASI's Predator C Avenger Receives FAA Experimental Certificate

    Fleet Surpasses 10,000 Flight HoursFARNBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW – 11 July 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 its company-owned Predator® C Avenger® RPA system has achieved a historic milestone in receiving a FAA-issued Experimental Certificate (EC), enabling it to perform routine operations in t...

  • Royal Air Force to Acquire Certifiable Predator B

    Reaper Replacement to Commence in 2018FARNBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW – 11 JULY 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 the UK Ministry of Defence has selected the Certifiable Predator® B (CPB) RPA system, with some specific modifications, to fulfill the country's future armed Intelligence, Surveillanc...

  • GA-ASI and Raytheon to Integrate German Advanced Radar Detection System onto Predator B

    System Adds ELINT Capability to Multi-mission RPASAN DIEGO – 7 July 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic and related mission system solutions, and Raytheon Deutschland GmbH, a leading manufacturer of airborne electronic warfare and sensor systems and airborne radars, today announced that they will integrate the Advanced Radar Detection System (AR...

  • Certifiable Predator B Fuselage Integration Begins

    Marks First Step of Physical Production; Flight Testing Planned for Late 2016SAN DIEGO – 6 July 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 fuselage integration of its new Certifiable Predator® B (CPB) RPA system in now underway. "The start of fuselage integration for the CPB aircraft represents a signif...

  • General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Honored by AIAA

    Company Receives Awards for Outstanding Achievement by an Aerospace Organization, Outstanding Contributions to Aerospace Management and the AIAA San Diego Section SAN DIEGO – 30 June 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 recently has been honored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA...

  • GA-ASI Achieves CMMI Level 5 Rating for Development and Production

    Second Consecutive Appraisal Validates Company's Commitment to Continuous ImprovementSAN DIEGO – 30 June 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 the Development and Production processes of its Aircraft Systems business unit ("Full-Directed Programs, Systems, and Software") have been appraised at Mat...

  • General Atomics Breaks Capacitor Record for Energy Content

    SAN DIEGO, CA, 30 JUNE 2016 – General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has successfully developed and demonstrated pulsed power capacitors with an energy content of more than 415 kilojoules (kJ), breaking a previous record established by GA-EMS by more than 20%.   "This represents what we consider a significant, world-record-breaking milestone in the development of higher energy density capacitors," stated Nick Bucci, vice president of Mi...

  • General Atomics Gulftronic Electrostatic Separators Selected for Installation at Sohar Refinery, Oman

    SAN DIEGO, CA, 20 June 2016 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has received an order for an 18 module Gulftronic™ Electrostatic Separator for installation at the Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company SAOC (Orpic) Sohar refinery in the Sultanate of Oman.  The Gulftronic system will replace an existing mechanical filtration system installed in 2008 at Orpic's Sohar refinery in order to meet the plant's operational dem...

  • Predator C Avenger Flies With MS-177 Long-Range Sensor

    Demonstrates U2-class Surveillance Capability from Significant Standoff RangesSAN DIEGO – 13 June 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 flight tests of Predator® C Avenger®, equipped with a MS-177 Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR) sensor manufactured by UTC Aerospace Systems.MS-177, an advanced ...

  • GA-ASI Extends Partnership with Fokker to Develop Predator B Landing Gear Systems

    Agreement Supports Commitment to Integrate New Dutch/European CapabilitiesAIR SHOW – 2 June 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, and GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business unit, a leading Dutch aircraft systems and components manufacturer, today announced that they will collaborate to produce and support landing gear systems for Predator® B/MQ-9 Reap...

  • GA-ASI to Integrate Israeli RecceLite Reconnaissance Pod Aboard Italian Air Force MQ-9

    Marks First Sovereign Payload Integrated Aboard Customer Aircraft ILA BERLIN AIR SHOW – 2 June 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic and related mission system solutions, today announced that it will integrate RecceLite™, a versatile imagery reconnaissance pod, onto an Italian Air Force (ItAF) Predator® B/MQ-9. RecceLite is manufactured by Rafael, a leading d...

  • Predator B Big Wing Flies Over 37 Hours Non-Stop

    Test Program Validates Long-Endurance Capability ILA BERLIN AIR SHOW – 1 June 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 longest endurance flight of the Predator® B/MQ-9 Reaper® Big Wing aircraft, a next-generation derivative of the combat-proven Predator B RPA. "This long-endurance flight demonstrates Predator B Big Wing's game-...

  • GA-ASI and CBP Successfully Test Airborne Detect and Avoid System Aboard Guardian UAS

    First Integration and Evaluation of Due Regard Radar Aboard Customer Aircraft ILA BERLIN AIR SHOW – 1 June 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 operational testing of a Detect and Avoid (DAA) system including GA-ASI's Due Regard Radar (DRR) aboard a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Guardian Unmanned Aircr...

  • GA-ASI to Exhibit Predator B RPA at ILA Berlin

    Company Positioning Predator B - Guardian Eagle for Germany SAN DIEGO – 29 May 2016 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, tactical radars, and electro-optic and related mission system solutions, today announced that it will have a significant presence at the upcoming ILA show in Berlin, Germany, June 1-4, including a full-scale, company-owned Predator® B RPA. "The ILA Berlin Air Show marks the first time GA-ASI h...

  • Secretary of Energy Moniz Urges Continued Work on ITER Fusion Reactor

    General Atomics is Building ITER's Central Solenoid, the Heart of the Fusion ReactorSAN DIEGO, CA – 26 May 2016 – Dr. Jeff Quintenz, Senior Vice President of General Atomics' Energy Group, issued the following statement on Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz's report released today recommending continued U.S. support for ITER, the world's largest magnetic fusion device designed to prove the feasibility of fusion as a large-scale and carbon-free source of energy based on...

  • GA-ASI RPA Training Academy Augmented With Simulator, Instructors

    Collaboration Supports Industrial Opportunities for North Dakota Workforce SAN DIEGO – 25 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 two contracts in support of GA-ASI's new RPA Training Academy in Grand Forks, North Dakota. GA-ASI will collaborate with the UND Aerospace Foundation located at the University of North Dakota (UND) ...

  • 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.In addition, GA-ASI’s Regional Vice President of Europe, Chris Ames, wi...

  • 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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