General Atomics has been awarded a contract to demonstrate the US Air Force Research Lab’s “Agile Condor” capability under which a MQ-9 drone will surveil a large area continuously identifying targets of interest using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies.
“The Agile Condor project will allow a MQ-9 to surveil a large area of operations, autonomously identify pre-defined targets of interest and transmit their locations,” said David R. Alexander, president, GA-ASI.
The company will integrate the Agile Condor capability over a 10-month period beginning this month. The flight demonstration phase will be used to experiment with the Agile Condor payload to determine the optimum AI and machine learning methodologies to find, identify and track select targets.
The Agile Condor capability can also reduce satellite bandwidth requirements as a result of its ability to automatically identify, classify, and nominate targets of interest. If operating in a fully autonomous mode, it would be possible to only engage SATCOM connectivity or other data link channels to disseminate the imagery and location of those targets.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) announced on Thursday that it demonstrated new capabilities of MQ-9B SkyGuardian drone that includes automatic take-off and landing over SATCOM, rapid assessment and sharing of images captured by the drone, among others
Air defence systems of Yemeni Houthis have reportedly destroyed a US-made MQ-9 drone belonging to Saudi Arabia and its allies, in Dhamar province, Yemen, on Tuesday night. Houthi spokesman Yahia Sarie said the MQ-9 type drone was shot down with a locally developed missile which will be introduced to the public “soon,” according to Al Masirah TV
General Atomics has won a $91 million contract to support United Kingdoms (UKs) MQ-9A Contractor Logistics Support Phase IV Program. This contract provides for depot repair, life cycle sustainment, and software maintenance services for UK's MQ-9A fleet
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has contracted General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) for the supply of MQ-9B SkyGuardian Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) under the country's Project Air 7003
General Atomics and Hellenic Air Force (HAF) will conduct a series of demonstration flights of MQ-9 drones to showcase its surveillance and drone countermeasures capabilities to the European countries, in December. “Flights will base out of the HAFs site in Larissa and use a MQ-9 Guardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) to showcase maritime surveillance capabilities, as well as a Detect and Avoid (DAA) system that enables RPA to fly safely in civil airspace alongside manned aircraft,” General Atomics said in a statement Monday
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