General Atomics Demonstrates MDA UAS Targeting System at RIMPAC Exercise

General Atomics‘ electromagnetic systems business recently helped the Missile Defense Agency demonstrate a targeting platform designed for use with the MQ-9B unmanned aircraft system.

The company said Friday it tested the MDA’s Airborne Tracking and Targeting System in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise or RIMPAC that took place around the Hawaiian Islands from late June to early August.

“We tested MDA’s ATTS under operational conditions to help further characterize its tracking performance against real-world targets of interest,” said Michael Perry, vice president for lasers and advanced sensors at General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems.

The ATTS uses electro-optical/infrared sensors to guide the equipped aircraft’s tracking and targeting.

The RIMPAC is a multinational maritime warfare exercise that occurs every two years.

This year’s iteration of the exercise gathered 25 countries, 51 vessels and about 200 aircraft.

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