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General Atomics Conducts Drone-Based Missile Detection Test at Pacific Dragon Exercise

General Atomics Conducts Drone-Based Missile Detection Test at Pacific Dragon Exercise - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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ReaperGeneral Atomics used its remotely piloted aircraft to perform a ballistic missile tracking test as part of a three-day biennial exercise held in June in Kauai, Hawaii.

Two General Atomics Aeronautical Systems-built Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper used in the Pacific Dragon exercise have Raytheon-made Multi-spectral Targeting Systems-B electro-optical infrared turret systems that work to detect and monitor ballistic missile targets, the company said Monday.

The U.S. Navy performs the Pacific Dragon exercise with Japan“™s maritime self defense force and South Korea“™s naval force in an effort to build up technical and tactical coordination for ballistic missile detection.

GA-ASI also carried out the missile tracking test as part of a contract with the Missile Defense Agency.

Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper is designed to fly at an altitude of more than 45,000 feet and works to support military reconnaissance, targeting and surveillance missions.

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Written by Jane Edwards

is a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, where she writes for ExecutiveBiz about IT modernization, cybersecurity, space procurement and industry leaders’ perspectives on government technology trends.

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