General Atomics has won a $370 million US Air Force contract to produce 30 MQ-9 Reaper drones.
The company's H30 aircraft will be delivered by May 31, 2019, the US Defense Department announced.
The MQ-9 Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is used basically against dynamic targets and also it functions as an intelligence collection craft. The drone has an endurance of over 27 hours, speeds of 240 KTAS, can operate up to 50,000 feet, and has a 3,850 pound (1746 kilogram) payload capacity that includes 3,000 pounds (1361 kilograms) of external stores.
The aircraft carries 500% more payload and has nine times the horsepower. It provides a long-endurance; persistent surveillance/strike capability for the war fighter. The aircraft is equipped with a fault-tolerant flight control system and triple redundant avionics system architecture.
The aircraft is highly modular and is configured easily with a variety of payloads to meet mission requirements. It is also capable of carrying multiple mission payloads to include Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR), Lynx Multi-mode Radar, multi-mode maritime surveillance radar, Electronic Support Measures (ESM), laser designators, and various weapons packages.
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently awarded a follow-on contract worth $149 million to General Dynamics to provide classified network services, support and infrastructure. Under this contract, General Dynamics Mission Systems will continue to deliver flexible, scalable and high-level classified network and systems development, design and management to accommodate past, present and future technologies, the company said in a statement Wednesday
General Dynamics has reported a total backlog of $63.2 billion at the end of second-quarter 2016
The US Air force has awarded a contract estimated almost $17.4 million to General Atomics to integrate laser small diameter bomb onto the MQ-9 Reaper drone
The US Air Force flew the latest Block 5 variant of the MQ-9 Reaper drone for the first time last week. The aircrew flew a sortie of more than 16 hours on June 23 with a full payload of weapons including GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, the air force press release states
France has deployed two additional MQ-9 Reaper drones to Niamey, Niger received from General Atomics in support of the country's Operation in the Sahel region. The UAVs arrived at Base Aérienne 101 in Niamey, Niger, at the end of 2016 where the Escadron de Drone 1/33 Belfort has been operating three other MQ-9s since January 2015 in support of the country's Operation 'Barkhane' in the Sahel region, a French military source was quoted as saying by
General Atomics wins $349 million worth US Air Force contract for MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial systems support and services. “General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc
General Atomics will develop their current drone technology into new unmanned aerial vehicles for use by the Royal Air Force. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has agreed £100 million (US$ 127 million) contract to develop Protector Remotely Piloted Air System especially for RAF
General Atomics Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system has completed the first fly-in aircraft recovery of an F/A-18E Super Hornet. The demonstration was conducted on October 13, 2016 at the Runway Arrested Landing Site (RALS) at Joint base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey
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