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2024 Press Releases

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    GA-ASI Awarded AI Smart Sensor Contract

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) was awarded a $94,808,020 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research, development, test, and evaluation of Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the Smart Sensor Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) prototype.

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    GA-ASI and USMC Complete MQ-9A WTI Training with SkyTower I Pod

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) and the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) teamed up to conduct flight training on the operation of the MQ-9A Block 5 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) for the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) at Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona.

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    GA-ASI Developing New ABAD Pod for Battlefield Awareness and Defense

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) is working with the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to develop a new Airborne Battlespace Awareness and Defense (ABAD) capability.

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    GA-ASI and Shift5 Partner to Embed Observability Into MQ-9A Reaper

    Today, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) announced its partnership with Shift5 to integrate the company’s onboard cyber anomaly detection and predictive maintenance capabilities into the MQ-9A Reaper for the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).

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    GA-ASI Delivers First MQ-9A Extended Range to USMC's VMUT-2

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) and the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) celebrated the delivery of the first MQ-9A Extended Range (ER) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) to Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Training Squadron 2 (VMUT-2).

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    GA-ASI Selected to Build CCA for AFLCMC

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has been selected to build production representative flight test articles of the Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCA) for the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC).

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    GA-ASI Adding AESA Antenna to EagleEye Radar

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) is continuing its support of EagleEye multi-mode radar development with a company investment to add an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) antenna and associated software that will increase range and deliver significant mode enhancements. AESA will be a “drop-in” hardware upgrade to the existing EagleEye radar and could be an option for the new Gray Eagle 25M (GE 25M) aircraft assembly when ready.

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    GA-ASI Mojave Lights Up the Yuma Desert in Live-Fire Demonstration

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) confirms that its Mojave Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) destroyed static targets in live-fire tests on April 13, 2024, validating the system’s battlefield relevance and recording another milestone for the demonstrator aircraft.

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    The Netherlands To Upgrade Their MQ-9A Capabilities

    The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) is working with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) to make important upgrades to their growing fleet of MQ-9A Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA).

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    General Atomics Signs a Memorandum of Understanding With Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation

    General Atomics (GA) announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) to investigate collaborative project opportunities to support United Arab Emirates (UAE) nuclear energy programs.

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    GA-ASI Adds New Capabilities to its Predator Mission Trainer

    In a move that will be welcomed by many of its international customers, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has installed enhanced operating software into its Predator Mission Trainer (PMT) simulator that resides at GA-ASI’s Flight Test & Training Center (FTTC) in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

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    GA-ASI Tests Sonobuoy Dispensing System with MQ-9B SeaGuardian

    On Feb. 27, 2024, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), in cooperation with the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), conducted a series of tests on GA-ASI’s Sonobuoy Dispensing System (SDS) using the MQ-9B SeaGuardian® Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) on the U.S. Navy’s W-291 test range in southern California.

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    GA-ASI Hosts Joint Industry/Government Open Architecture Conference

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) hosted an Open Architecture Symposium on Feb. 29, 2024, at its headquarters in Poway, California. At the symposium, government and industry speakers highlighted the tools, communities, and partners required to put Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) into practice in the development of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

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    General Atomics Launches New Full Spectrum Imaging System For Crime Scene Evidence Capture

    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today the launch of the new Full Spectrum Imaging System (FSIS) Crime Scene Examiner (FSIS-CSE), the latest addition to the company’s line of crime scene latent evidence detection and image capture systems.

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    General Atomics to Provide Missile Tracking Payloads for Lockheed Martin's SDA Tranche 2 Tracking Layer Contract

    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it was awarded a contract from Lockheed Martin Space to deliver missile warning, tracking and defense payloads to support the company’s recently announced contract award to deliver 18 satellites for the Space Development Agency’s (SDA) Tranche 2 Tracking Layer Program.

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    GA-ASI Makes First Flight of XQ-67A OBSS

    GA-ASI flew the XQ-67A Off-Board Sensing Station (OBSS) for the first time on Feb. 28, 2024. OBSS is an Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) program and GA-ASI was selected in 2021 to design, build and fly the new aircraft.

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    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Names Alec Gordon Chief Operating Officer

    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has promoted Alec Gordon to the position of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of GA-EMS.

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    General Atomics EMALS "Dead Load" Launch Testing Commences Aboard Second Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier

    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) testing aboard the future Gerald R. Ford-class carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) has commenced, utilizing “dead load” vehicles designed to simulate various aircraft weights.

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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.