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General Atomics Celebrates Predator UAS 25th Anniversary

General Atomics Celebrates Predator UAS 25th Anniversary - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Jeff Brody

General Atomics' aeronautical systems business has announced the 25th anniversary of the company's Predator A unmanned aircraft system.

The company said Wednesday its Predator A UAS performed maiden flight in July 1994 and achieved operational status in 1995.

U.S. Joint Program Office awarded a major contract to GA in 1994 for Predator A prior to the program's eventual turnover to the U.S. Air Force.

General Atomics produced Predator A through 2011 and has delivered 320 units of the aircraft globally. Predator A systems have supported almost 141K missions with over 2M flight hours in total. Aircraft under the entire Predator series have flown for a total of almost 6M flight hours.

MQ-9B SkyGuardian, the Predator series' latest model, is currently under development.

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Written by Nichols Martin

a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, produces articles on the federal government's technology and business interests. The coverage of these articles include government contracting, cybersecurity, information technology, health care and national security.

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