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General Atomics Completes Airborne Radar Testing Onboard Predator B; Frank Pace Comments

General Atomics Completes Airborne Radar Testing Onboard Predator B; Frank Pace Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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General AtomicsGeneral Atomics“™ aeronautical systems company has completed the flight test for a sense-and-avoid radar aboard a remotely piloted aircraft in an effort to further the aircraft“™s integration into international and domestic airspace.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. flight-tested a due regard radar on Predator B and the radar system performed collision avoidance maneuvers onboard the unmanned aerial vehicle, General Atomics said Thursday.

Frank Pace, president of aircraft systems at GA-ASI, said the radar is intended to help users operate Predator B “in international airspace without the need for land-based, sea-based or off-board airborne airspace surveillance.“

General Atomics seeks to align the radar“™s  functionality with the traffic alert and collision avoidance system II with resolution advisories applied to commercial aircraft at present.

The preproduction DRR tracked multiple targets and searched a wide field-of-regard in scripted encounters against other aircraft during multiple flight tests in December.

Pace said the flight test culminates the radar“™s four-year development phase.

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