Press Releases 2014

  • General Atomics Begins Training for New Aircraft Launch System

    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Group (GA-EMS) began the first round of fleet training on the new Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch Systems (EMALS) currently being installed on CVN 78 (Gerald R. Ford), the first carrier to have EMALS. GA-EMS hired a senior training developer to work with experienced GA-EMS EMALS personnel to design and administer the training.

  • GA-ASI Advances Sense and Avoid Capability With Two New Flight Tests

    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 key technological advances related to its ongoing Sense and Avoid (SAA) system development efforts.

  • Dee Clonts Memorial

    Dee Clonts worked at General Atomics for many years as an executive secretary for Linden Blue. She passed away on October 5, 2014 in San Diego, CA. She was preceded in death by her husband Jerry, also a longtime GA employee, in 2013. 

  • Predator/Gray Eagle Series Surpasses Three Million Flight Hours

    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®/Gray Eagle®-series aircraft family has achieved a historic company and industry milestone: three million flight hours...

  • Fusion Pioneer Tihiro Ohkawa Dies

    Tihiro Ohkawa, a pioneer of the U.S. and world fusion energy research effort, died September 27 at age 86 in La Jolla, CA. He was a long-time leader of the controlled fusion program at General Atomics.

  • GA-ASI Radar Shines During U.S. Navy Spearhead IIA Exercise

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optical and related mission systems solutions, today announced that its Lynx® Multi-mode Radar success- fully demonstrated the ability to support maritime operations in a littoral environment during the...

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

    U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded General Atomics (GA) an initial sole-source contract for Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) for the CVN 79 aircraft carrier to be named John F. Kennedy.

  • Predator B ER Conducts First Long-Range Endurance Flight

    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 second endurance flight of its Predator® B Extended Range (ER) RPA, an advanced derivative of the mission-proven Predator B RPA that has accumulated over 800,000 flight hours since 2001. The flight launched on June 17 and landed on June 18.

  • GA-ASI Demonstrates Predator-System Interoperability With NATO ISR Enterprise at Unified Vision 2014

    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 successful participation in NATO's Unified Vision (UV14) Trial at Ørland Main Air Station in Brekstad, Norway, May 19-28.

  • GA-ASI Demonstrates Advanced Cockpit GCS at Farnborough

    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 a significant presence at this month's Farnborough International Air Show, including a demonstration of its Advanced Cockpit Block 50 Ground Control Station (GCS) within the company's new stand in Hall 2 (Stand A-9).

  • GA-ASI Successfully Executes First Flight of Predator XP

    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® XP, an updated version of the company's flagship Predator RPA that has been licensed by the U.S. Government...

  • Senator Cochran Witnesses High-Tech Manufacturing at General Atomics Facility

    Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) visited the General Atomics (GA) state-of-the art manufacturing and test facility to witness first-hand the high-tech component production taking place in Shannon, Miss. since 2005. GA employs 150 people in Lee County at its recently expanded 367,000 square foot facility. These employees are helping to manufacture critical components ...

  • Improved Gray Eagle Flies With SIGINT Pod and Hellfire Missiles

    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 second endurance flight of the U.S. Army's Improved Gray Eagle® (IGE) prototype Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), an advanced derivative of the mission-proven Gray Eagle UAS...

  • GA-ASI and Rohde & Schwartz Team to Develop Voice Communications Certification for Predator B

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, and Rohde & Schwarz, the world's leading manufacturer of wireless communications, Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Test and Measurement (T&M) equipment, and broadcasting equipment for digital terrestrial television, today...

  • San Diego-based Physicist Wins National Research Award

    Physicist Brian Grierson won a $2.5 million research grant for fusion-energy research based at the General Atomics-operated fusion facilitySAN DIEGO - May 14, 2014 - Physicist Brian Grierson of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has won a highly competitive Early Career Research Program award sponsored by the Department of Energy Office of Science. The $2.5 million grant will fund his exploration of fusion energy for the next five years based at San Diego’s DIII-D National Fus...

  • FDA Grants Diazyme 510(k) Clearance to Market Its Vitamin D Assay for Clinical Chemistry Analyzers

    Diazyme Laboratories today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(K) clearance to market its Vitamin D assay for Clinical Chemistry Analyzers. In line with the rapid increasing clinical demands for testing of this important biomarker, Diazyme's new Vitamin D assay, utilizing its femtoquantTM technology (a sensitive homogenous enzyme-immunoassay platform), provides the first fully automated Vitamin D test for use on general clinical chemistry analyzers.

  • GA-ASI Recognizes Supplier Excellence Award Winners

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, today announced that it has honored 55 suppliers with the company's annual Supplier Excellence Awards in recognition of outstanding quality and delivery performance.

  • General Atomics Systems Integration Opens Office at Warner Robins, GA

    General Atomics Systems Integration, LLC (GA-SI), an affiliated company of General Atomics and a provider of best value defense services for U.S. and international customers, is pleased to announce the opening of its new Warner Robins program office, located at 605 Russell Parkway.

  • GA-ASI Receives Design Accreditation From UK MAA

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, today announced that the UK's Military Aviation Authority (MAA) has accredited the company under the Design Approved Organization Scheme (DAOS).

  • GA-ASI and Northrop Grumman Showcase Additional Unmanned Electronic Attack Capabilities in Second USMC Exercise

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), a leading global security company, today announced the second successful demonstration of Predator® B/MQ-9 Reaper's Electronic Attack capability featuring Northrop Grumman's new Pandora Electronic Warfare (EW) system at the U.S. Marine Corps' (USMC)...

  • Predator-Series Aircraft Pivotal to Search and Rescue Missions

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, today announced that MQ-1 Predator® and Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper RPA successfully supported local law enforcement officials in their efforts to find a missing mountain biker who was stranded and injured in the Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico last October.