General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has teamed with Raytheon Deutschland to demonstrate an electronic intelligence (ELINT) capability on the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
Raytheon’s digital Advanced Radar Detection System (ARDS) sensor was carried in a wing-mounted pod on the UAV for the trials. The payload is platform agnostic and operational on the electronic combat/reconnaissance version of the German Air Force’s Tornado fighter fleet.
The testing was jointly funded by the companies. For GA-ASI this is an expansion of the sensor offerings for the aircraft, while for Raytheon it serves to showcase the non-ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) German-made sensor, whose non-US origin allows it to be more freely offered to the international market.
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