The Australian Government has selected General Atomics (GA-ASI) Reaper UAVs to provide the Armed Remotely Piloted Aircraft System under Project Air 7003 for the Australian Defense Forces (ADF).
“We look forward to providing our world-leading RPAS to meet the Air 7003 requirements,” said Linden Blue, CEO of GA-ASI. “We’ll work closely with Team Reaper Australia partners to provide a highly capable and affordable RPAS to the ADF,” a GA-ASI release said.
The ADF joins other top-tier military forces in choosing a MQ-9 variant because of its proven multi-role combat performance. Known as the ‘operators’ choice, the MQ-9 is part of GA-ASI’s Predator series of RPAS, which is the world’s most trusted and capable Armed Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) RPAS, and hails from a family of RPAS which recently surpassed five million flight hours.
GA-ASI announced its intention to offer a MALE RPAS to the ADF during AVALON 2017 – the Australian International Aerospace and Defence Exposition – with the launch of Team Reaper Australia, a grouping of Australian industry partners.
The team currently consists of ten Australian companies providing a range of innovative sensor, communication, manufacturing and life-cycle support capabilities that includes Cobham, CAE, Raytheon, Flight Data Systems, TAE Aerospace, Quickstep, AirSpeed, Rockwell Collins Australia, Ultra, and SentientVision.
General Atomics has been awarded $39.5 million to provide additional unmanned air system intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance surge support for Marine Corps Task Force
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
The Trump Administration has okayed a $2 billion sale of Guardian MQ-9B unarmed drones to India for maritime surveillance. The approval comes during the time when leaders of both the nations prepare for their first face-to-face meeting
In a first direct competition between Chinese and United States military products, the formers Wing Loong II drone will be competing against the United States MQ-9 Predator B in a potential tender for UAVs in Malaysia. The Wing Loong II put up a flying and static display while the MQ-9 was only on static display at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition that concluded last week in the Malaysian resort Island
General Atomics has received a Special Airworthiness Certification in the Experimental Category from the FAA for its second MQ-9B SkyGuardian aircraft. The company-owned Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) – registered as N191FP and known as YBC02 – joins the first SkyGuardian in support of the MQ-9B development program
Eyeing to sell MQ-9B SeaGuardian Unmanned Aerial System, and electromagnetic aircraft launch and recovery systems (EMALS) for Indian aircraft carriers, General Atomics has announced the opening of a new office in New Delhi, India. General Atomics is working with both governments (India and the United States) in an effort to provide India with a variety of systems and technologies supporting national defense, including MQ-9B SeaGuardian drones, and EMALS for Indian aircraft carriers, the company said in a statement Tuesday
General Atomics beat Israel Aerospace Industries in two huge deals worth an approximate $1.2 billion in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) sales to Australia and Belgium
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