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AUVSI 2013: GA-ASI, Raytheon in talks on air-to-air weapons for MQ-9

14 August 2013
The USAF's MQ-9 currently carries air-to-ground missiles, but GA-ASI is considering the addition of air-to-air missiles in the future. Source: US Department of Defense

Key Points

  • GA-ASI is talking to Raytheon about adding air-to-air missiles and HARM capabiliites to the MQ-9 Reaper
  • An AESA radar is also being built by GA-ASI for the Reaper

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) is in discussions with Raytheon to arm the MQ-9 Predator with Raytheon's AIM-9X Sidewinder, AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM), and AGM-88 High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM).

"We're not planning any tests yet, but we're doing the initial design review," Chris Pehrson, GA-ASI's director of strategic development, told IHS Jane's on 15 August. "It's exploratory."

He also said that the company is using internal funds to build the MQ-9 its own active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, a capability currently used on board the world's most sophisticated fighter aircraft.

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