GA-ASI's Lynx SAR & Highlighter Sensors Honored Among C4ISR Journal's “Big 25” Technologies


Oct 21, 2009

SAN DIEGO 21 October 2009 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), tactical reconnaissance radars, and surveillance systems, today announced the receipt of two awards from C4ISR Journal, the publication of record for the global network-centric warfare community, for GA-ASI’s Lynx® Block 30 Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)/Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI) sensor system and Highlighter manned aerial electro-optical sensor.

In an awards ceremony held October 19 in Arlington, Va., GA-ASI was twice recognized as a finalist in C4ISR Journal’s “Big 25” Awards, a defense industry awards program that honors C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) programs, technologies, and organizations that are making a difference on the battlefield or in the defense of civilians against terrorists and insurgents. The company was nominated in the “Sensors” category, which includes devices that gather data that is turned into intelligence, for making a significant difference in the battle zone by deterring enemies and/or gathering intelligence.

GA-ASI’s Lynx Block 30 SAR/GMTI radar, a reduced weight/volume version of the Lynx Block 20 system, was recognized for providing the Iraqi Air Force and U.S. Army with the all-weather, wide-area precision search capability to detect time-sensitive targets from both manned and unmanned aircraft platforms. In addition, the company’s Highlighter electro-optical sensor was acknowledged for providing change detection and high-resolution imagery to U.S. Forces deployed in support of counter insurgency and counter-improvised explosive device (IED) efforts.

High-resolution photos of the Lynx Block 30 SAR/GMTI are available upon request from the GA-ASI media contact listed below.

About GA-ASI

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., an affiliate of General Atomics, delivers situational awareness by providing unmanned aircraft, radar, and electro-optic solutions for military and commercial applications worldwide. The company’s Aircraft Systems Group is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable unmanned aircraft systems, including Predator® A, Predator B, Sky Warrior®, and the new Predator C Avenger®. It also manufactures a variety of solid-state digital ground control stations (GCSs), including the next-generation Advanced Cockpit GCS, and provides pilot training and support services for UAS field operations. The Reconnaissance Systems Group designs, manufactures, and integrates the Lynx SAR/GMTI radar and sophisticated CLAW® sensor control and image analysis software into both manned and unmanned aircraft. It also integrates other sensor and communication equipment into manned ISR aircraft and develops emerging technologies in solid-state lasers, electro-optic sensors, and ultra-wideband data links for government applications. For more information, please visit

Lynx, Predator, Sky Warrior, Avenger, and CLAW are registered trademarks of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

For more information contact:

Kimberly Kasitz

Public Relations Manager

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.




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