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  • General Atomics-Made RPA Performs First Automated Landing With USAF - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    General Atomics-Made RPA Performs First Automated Landing With USAF

    The U.S. Air Force has conducted the first automated landing of the General Atomics-made MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft’s Block 5 configuration. The aircraft is equipped with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.‘s Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability that works to increase safety; boost aircrew efficiency; and support cross wind operations and divert field landing, the company […] More

  • General Atomics Flies SkyGuardian RPA on Maiden Trans-Atlantic Voyage - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    General Atomics Flies SkyGuardian RPA on Maiden Trans-Atlantic Voyage

    General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business flew an MQ-9B SkyGuardian remotely piloted aircraft Tuesday from Grand Forks, N.D., to a U.K. air force station located in Gloucestershire, England. The company said Tuesday it used Inmarsat‘s SwiftBroadband L-band satellite communications system to manage the first trans-Atlantic flight of the medium-altitude, long-endurance RPA. SkyGuardian will be presented at the three-day Royal […] More

  • General Atomics to Provide Marine Corps Additional UAS ISR Support - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    General Atomics to Provide Marine Corps Additional UAS ISR Support

    The U.S. Navy has awarded a General Atomics affiliate a potential $39.6 million contract to provide additional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support to U.S. Marine Corps through the use of unmanned air systems. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. will use its MQ-9 Reaper to assist USMC’s Task Force Southwest in surge support operations under the “undefinitized” contract, the Defense Department said […] More

  • UK & US Air Forces, Industry Partners Coordinate on MQ-9B Protector RPA Test - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    UK & US Air Forces, Industry Partners Coordinate on MQ-9B Protector RPA Test

    The U.K. Royal Air Force has coordinated with the U.S. Air Force and industry partners to test and evaluate a remotely piloted air system built by General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business. RAF said Tuesday it intends to procure 16 MQ-9B Protector RPAs from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. to replace the service branch’s current MQ-9 Reaper platform. A […] More

  • Air Force Plans RPA Missile Simulation Contract Award to General Atomics - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Air Force Plans RPA Missile Simulation Contract Award to General Atomics

    The U.S. Air Force has announced plans to award a General Atomics business unit a contract to develop an air-to-air missile aviation simulation technology for the MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. would develop the AAM AVSIM system under the proposed contract from the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Medium Altitude Unmanned Aerial Systems […] More

  • UTC Subsidiary, Air National Guard Complete DB-110 Sensor Operational Assessment - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    UTC Subsidiary, Air National Guard Complete DB-110 Sensor Operational Assessment

    A United Technologies Corp. subsidiary and the Air National Guard have wrapped up an operational evaluation of an airborne reconnaissance platform aboard the General Atomics-built MQ-9 Reaper drone. The 174th attack wing of the New York Air National Guard conducted the assessment of UTC Aerospace Systems' DB-110 aerial sensor in fall 2017 to evaluate the platform's use in delivering […] More

  • Air Force May Hand Over Some Predator UAVs to Navy - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Air Force May Hand Over Some Predator UAVs to Navy

    The U.S. Navy may take on some of the U.S. Air Force's General Atomics-built MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicles as the latter prepares to transition to the MQ-9 Reaper drone by the end of 2018, The War Zone reported Monday. “There are a number of possibilities as to where they could go, including Air Force museums,“ […] More

  • Navy Eyes General Atomics UAS Support for Task Force Southwest Missions - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Navy Eyes General Atomics UAS Support for Task Force Southwest Missions

    The U.S. Navy intends to award General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business a contract to provide contractor-owned/contractor-operated unmanned air systems to support Task Force Southwest missions across the U.S. Central Command area of operations in fiscal 2018 and fiscal 2019. A FedBizOpps notice posted Tuesday says the Naval Air Systems Command will ask GA-ASI to supply military […] More

  • General Atomics to Integrate Small Diameter Bomb on Air Force MQ-9 RPA - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    General Atomics to Integrate Small Diameter Bomb on Air Force MQ-9 RPA

    A business unit of General Atomics has received a one-year, $17.5 million contract to support the integration of a small diameter bomb technology onto the U.S. Air Force‘s MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. will help the service branch integrate the Guided Bomb Unit-39B/B with a dual carriage system through the use of a universal armament interface, the Defense […] More

  • General Atomics Invests in UAS Tech Upgrades; Chris Pehrson, Darren Moe Comment - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    General Atomics Invests in UAS Tech Upgrades; Chris Pehrson, Darren Moe Comment

    General Atomics has embarked on a project to incorporate automation-based disruptive technology into the Reaper unmanned aircraft system as the company aims to increase the aircraft’s performance, National Defense Magazine reported Friday. Darren Moe, senior director of automation and UX mission systems at General Atomics, told the publication the modernization effort covers flight, ground and intelligence components of […] More

  • General Atomics Lands MDA Reaper UAV Demo Contract - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    General Atomics Lands MDA Reaper UAV Demo Contract

    A business unit of General Atomics has received a one-year, $30.3 million contract from the Missile Defense Agency to demonstrate passive configured MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles. The Defense Department said Tuesday that General Atomics’ electromagnetic systems group will showcase the capacities of Reaper drone at two Ballistic Missile Defense System and five continental U.S. tests. Tests […] More

  • Leidos Tests Air Force Multi-Sensor ISR Platform - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Leidos Tests Air Force Multi-Sensor ISR Platform

    Leidos has tested sensors on the U.S. Air Force‘s multi-sensor pod that is designed to feature intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance functions. The company said Tuesday it carried out risk reduction test on eight different sensors of the AgilePod multi-sensor platform to demonstrate how open architectures and common mechanical and electrical systems can reconfigure sensors to address […] More

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