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Chris Pehrson is director of strategic development for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI). The 24-year Air Force veteran is responsible for the company's acquisition strategies and for promoting the company’s unmanned aircraft, sensors and reconnaissance radar systems. Pehrson recently spoke with ExecutiveBiz, outlining how a successful acquisition process works and potential applications on the […] More
General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business has completed a series of system-level tests for the Protector RG Mk1 remotely piloted aircraft, which serves as a variant of the MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPA for the British air force. The defense company said Tuesday the future medium-altitude, long-endurance RPA underwent full-scale static strength, environmental and high-intensity radiated field testing, […] More
General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business has secured a potential $49 million contract to design and build an unmanned aerial system that would serve as an off-board sensing station as part of an Air Force Research Laboratory initiative. The company said Tuesday it will work on an OBSS concept for the next 12 months under an […] More
General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business transferred ownership of two Reaper unmanned aircraft systems, ground control terminals and support equipment to the U.S. Marine Corps. USMC leased the MQ-9A Block 5 UAS for three years under a contractor-owned, contractor-operated construct before the military branch acquired the drones under the Marine Air-Ground Task Force’s UAS Expeditionary Program […] More
General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business is applying a modular open-systems approach to an unmanned aircraft system for multi-domain operations in support of the U.S. Army. The company said Thursday its Gray Eagle Extended Range UAS will undergo a system-wide MOSA implementation that will also cover command and control software. The MOSA implementation on GE-ER Increment […] More
Hughes Network Systems and SES have tested the performance of multi-orbit satellite communications that General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business intends to use on its unmanned aerial vehicle to support intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations. Hughes said Wednesday its HM series software-defined modems and resource management system work with SES’ geosynchronous and medium earth orbit satellites […] More
General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business used autonomous command and control technology to demonstrate aerial manned-unmanned teaming between a King Air 200 aircraft and its MQ-20 Avenger drone. The company said Friday it used a ruggedized tactical control tablet with Autonodyne’s RCU-1000 Advanced Human Machine Interface to inform Avenger’s behavior and provide situational awareness. A General […] More
The aeronautical systems segment of General Atomics was added to nine out of ten pools available on a General Services Administration multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract vehicle and will compete for task orders meant to support the military and the Department of Defense. The ASTRO contract provides for the delivery of operation, maintenance, research and development […] More
General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business flew an Avenger unmanned aircraft to demonstrate autonomous target tracking with help from a Lockheed Martin-made infrared sensor. During the industry-funded demonstration, Avenger used the infrared search and track capability of Lockheed’s Legion Pod to detect multiple aircraft that were flying at fast speeds, General Atomics said Wednesday. Avenger’s autonomy […] More
General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business has received additional orders from the U.K. defense ministry for 13 Protector RG Mk1-configured MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned aircraft systems. The U.K. ministry exercised a clause on its existing production contract to add to the initial three Protector remotely piloted air systems ordered in September 2020, General Atomics said Thursday. Each […] More
General Atomics has rolled out the first MQ-9A Block 5 unmanned aircraft and ground control station the company’s aeronautical systems unit produced for the Netherlands’ air force to fulfill a foreign military sales requirement. The acceptance testing phase for the Dutch remotely piloted aircraft is scheduled to commence in early 2022 at the Gray Butte Flight […] More
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