Tag Archives: General Atomics

DARPA Awards Gremlins Program Phase 1 Contracts to 4 Companies; Dan Patt Comments

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded a series of phase one contracts to four companies for proposals to develop unmanned air systems that can be recovered while in flight and are reusable. DARPA said Thursday it selected General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems unit, Lockheed Martin, Dynetics and Composite Engineering to develop launch …

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General Atomics Test Fires Railgun Projectile Guidance Electronics Unit; Nick Bucci Comments

General Atomics has completed an open range testing exercise on a company-built railgun projectile guidance electronics unit. The hypersonic projectiles for the guidance electronics unit worked to transmit component performance data to a ground station via a telemetry link during the tests conducted at the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground in …

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General Atomics Conducts 1st Predator B ER Long-Wing Flight; Linden Blue Comments

General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems group conducted the first flight of the extended-range variant of its Predator B remotely piloted aircraft at Gray Butte Flight Test Facility on Feb. 18 to demonstrate launch ability, airworthiness and landing capability. The Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper extended-range long-wing upgrades include 13 feet of additional wingspan designed to boost aircraft endurance by 13 hours, …

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General Atomics to Supply Reaper Drones to Spain; Linden Blue Comments

Spain’s defense ministry has placed an order for four General Atomics-built Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles through a $243 million foreign military sales agreement with the U.S. The contract also covers MTS-B electro-optical/infrared sensors, two Block 30 ground control stations, line-of-sight datalink platforms and Block 20A Lynx multi-mode radar for …

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General Atomics Completes Railgun Projectiles Open Range Tests; Nick Bucci Comments

General Atomics has completed open range tests on projectiles fired from the company’s 3-megajoule Blitzer electromagnetic railgun designed for a Control and Actuation System. During the tests, the projectiles relayed the performance of prototype components to a ground station via a telemetry link, General Atomics said Friday. The tests were conducted in …

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General Atomics Taps General Tool for Aircraft Carrier Hardware Supply Subcontract

Defense and aerospace contractor General Tool Co. will provide hardware equipment for the U.S. Navy’s second Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier under a $48 million subcontract from General Atomics, the Cincinnati Business Courier reported Friday. Andy Brownfield writes the contract covers trough covers, motor support parts and other safety components for the …

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Ray Duquette: Technology, Mission Rehearsal Key in CAE’s Flight Simulation Programs

Ray Duquette, president and general manager of CAE‘s U.S. arm, has said the company builds simulation technology to replicate what the company believes will happen to pilots during military or commercial aircraft flights, the Tampa Tribune reported Saturday. “We do both training and mission rehearsal with multiple simulators networked,” Duquette told Tribune …

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RnR Market Research Forecasts 6% CAGR for Defense Drone Industry Through 2020

An RnR Market Research report predicts the military unmanned aerial vehicles market will achieve a 6 percent compound annual growth rate over the next five years. The company said Wednesday large defense UAVs that can perform surveillance, intelligence gathering, target designation, fire support and strike missions accounted for a total of about …

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