General Atomics to Update Reaper Drone’s Targeting Features

General-Atomics-Aeronautical-Systems-LogoGeneral Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. has won a $12.8 million contract to develop sensor systems that can be integrated into the company’s Reaper aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, the San Diego Business Journal reported Monday.

Under the terms of the deal, General Atomics ASI will use its Lynx synthetic aperture radar technology to create a “more streamlined approach to targeting and quicker decision making by the crew” controlling the Reaper.

The Lynx synthetic aperture radar is meant to deliver photographic-quality images through clouds, rain, dust, smoke and fog and deliver images in daylight or darkness.

Ohio-based Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base awarded the contract.

General Atomics ASI will perform work for the contract at Poway County in San Diego, Calif until early 2016.

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