SAN DIEGO – 28 June 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA ASI) today announced that it has successfully flown its MQ-25A surrogate aircraft – a Predator C Avenger – outfitted with a representative set of mission payloads, including Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR), Electronic Support Measures (ESM), Automatic Identification System (AIS), and Mission Processing. MQ-25 is the U.S. Navy’s unmanned aerial refueling aircraft program.
“Our ability to be agile has always been an important business driver for GA-ASI,” said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. “This representative mission system design for the MQ-25 leverages our strength and experience in developing open-architecture systems, which offer a flexible growth path towards future payloads.”
The GA-ASI team built upon its analysis performed under the Navy’s Concept Refinement contract to develop a scalable mission architecture that supports Open Mission System (OMS) standards and the Navy Inter-operability Profile (NIOP) datalink.
During the flight, the MQ-25A surrogate’s payloads were remotely commanded by GA-ASI’s extensible payload command and control (C2) system. The team will leverage this software to enhance the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Aviation Mission Control System (UMCS). Between flights, GA-ASI quickly re-configured the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) with different payloads to demonstrate the system’s modular design and the benefits of an open architecture solution.
High-resolution images of GA-ASI’s proposed MQ-25 are available upon request to qualified media outlets. More information about MQ-25 can be found at www.ga-asi.com/MQ-25.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is the leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, including the Predator®, Reaper® and Gray Eagle UAS programs of record and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar. With more than five million flight hours, GA-ASI provides long-endurance, multi-mission capable aircraft with integrated sensor and data link systems required to deliver persistent flight, enabling situational awareness and rapid strike. The company also produces a variety of ground control stations and sensor control/image analysis software, offers pilot training and support services, and develops meta-material antennas. For more information, visit www.ga-asi.com.
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