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    General Atomics Expands International Collaborations and Partnerships with Japan in Critical and Emerging Technologies

    General Atomics, a defense and diversified technologies company with affiliates operating on five continents, is expanding its collaborations and partnerships across Japan with new investments in the nuclear energy and rare earth elements sectors.

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    GA-ASI Demonstrates A2E Concept with AFSOC

    During a series of demonstrations in December 2023, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) and the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) worked collaboratively to execute several capability demonstrations as part of the Adaptive Airborne Enterprise (A2E) concept development.

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    GA-ASI Demonstrates Release of A2LE from MQ-20 Avenger UAS

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) successfully demonstrated an inflight release of its Advanced Air-Launched Effects (A2LE) platform, releasing an A2LE from the internal weapons bay of a GA-ASI MQ-20 Avenger® Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).

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    General Atomics Awarded DOE Contract To Develop Silicon Carbide Materials for Fusion Power Plants

    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today it has been awarded a three-year contract from the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science to develop a scalable, cost-competitive path to manufacture silicon carbide (SiC) and SiC composite foam materials for advanced fusion power plants.

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    GA-ASI's Gray Eagle 25M Makes Its First Flight

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) conducted the first flight of the Gray Eagle 25M (GE-25M) Unmanned Aircraft System at its El Mirage, Calif. flight facility on Dec. 5, 2023. The first flight marks a significant milestone in the Gray Eagle modernization program as the U.S. Army continues to develop the Multi-Domain Operations (MDO)-capable GE-25Ms for U.S. Army active duty and National Guard units.

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    General Atomics Awarded Space Development Agency Contract to Demonstrate Optical Communication Terminals

    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) has been awarded a contract from the Space Development Agency (SDA) to demonstrate the capabilities of the company’s Optical Communication Terminals (OCTs) hosted on GA-EMS’ GA-75 (75 kilogram class) spacecraft while in Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

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    GA-ASI Demos Autonomy For UCAV Using MQ-20 and Waveform X

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) demonstrated its hardware-agnostic, open standards-based autonomy ecosystem for Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles (UCAVs) on a GA-ASI MQ-20 Avenger® as part of a live flight test on Nov. 13, 2023.

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    GA-ASI Uses Autonomy to Close F2T2EA Engagement Chain

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) demonstrated its rapidly maturing open standards-based autonomy ecosystem for Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles (UCAVs) on an MQ-20 Avenger® as part of a live flight test on Nov. 2, 2023.

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    GA-ASI Completes First Lifetime for Full-Scale Fatigues Test on MQ-9B

    On Dec. 5, 2023, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) completed a major milestone with the full-scale fatigue testing of an MQ-9B Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). The team completed the “first lifetime” of fatigue testing – which is equivalent to 40,000 operating hours – and represents an important step in validating the design of the airframe system.

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    General Atomics Scientist Honored for Career Achievements in Fusion Energy

    Fusion Power Associates (FPA) has awarded one of its 2023 Distinguished Career Awards to General Atomics (GA) fusion scientist Dr. Tony Taylor for his contributions in advancing international fusion energy research. The FPA Distinguished Career Awards are given annually to individuals who have made distinguished, lifelong career contributions to fusion development.

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    Government of Canada Orders the MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPAS from GA-ASI

    The Government of Canada has signed a contract to purchase a fleet of MQ-9B SkyGuardian® Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI). The order includes the associated Certified Ground Control Stations and support equipment from GA-ASI. The first delivery is expected in 2028.

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    General Atomics Awarded Contract from Bay West, LLC For PFAS Destruction Demonstrations

    GA-EMS announced that it has been awarded a contract by Bay West, LLC, an environmental remediation and industrial solutions firm, to destroy per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in multiple demonstration projects using GA-EMS’ industrial Supercritical Water Oxidation (iSCWO) system.

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    General Atomics Brings Inertial Fusion Energy Expertise to Two National Research Hubs

    General Atomics (GA) has been selected as a team member for two science and technology hubs funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Inertial Fusion Energy Science & Technology Accelerated Research (IFE-STAR) program to advance IFE science and technologies.

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    General Atomics Awarded Defense Innovation Unit Contract To Demonstrate iSCWO System for PFAS Destruction

    GA-EMS announced that it has been awarded a contract funded by the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) through the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to demonstrate the company’s iSCWO (industrial Supercritical Water Oxidation) system’s capabilities to destroy per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in a variety of impacted waste streams.

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    General Atomics Applauds Announcement of International Strategy to Commercialize Fusion Energy

    General Atomics (GA) applauds the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announcement that the United States will pursue a global strategy to commercialize fusion energy. This plan will support broad international cooperation to develop fusion as a clean energy source for the next generation.

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    Italian Air Force Flies New MQ-9A Block 5 RPA from GA-ASI

    On Nov. 9, 2023, the Italian Air Force (ItAF) made its first flight of a new MQ-9A Block 5 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI). The new RPA was delivered to the ItAF, along with a new Mobile Ground Control Station (MGCS), as part of a Mid-Life Modernization (MLM) update to the ItAF fleet of RPAs from GA-ASI.

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    GA-ASI and USMC Complete First MQ-9A WTI Training Class

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) and the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) teamed up to conduct flight training for Marines that was completed on Oct. 29, 2023. The seven-week course on the operation of MQ-9A Block 5 Unmanned Aircraft System was given to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona.

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    GA-ASI Demonstrates Short Takeoff/Landing of UAS on UK Carrier

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) conducted a first-of-its-kind demonstration of its short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability on the HMS Prince of Wales, a Royal Navy aircraft carrier, using the Mojave Unmanned Aircraft System.

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    GA-ASI Partners with EDGE to Integrate Smart Weapons onto MQ-9B

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, electro-optics, and related mission systems, and EDGE, a world-leading advanced technology group for defence and beyond, announced an agreement today to integrate EDGE smart weapons onto GA-ASI’s MQ-9B SkyGuardian® RPA.

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    Huneed Technologies Signs MOU to Supply Flat Panel Array to GA-ASI

    During a ceremony at ADEX (Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition) on Oct. 18, 2023, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Huneed Technologies for the Korean company to produce a flat panel array for GA-ASI’s Lynx® and Eagle-Eye Multi-mode Radar systems.