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Multi-Drones Provide Situational Air Picture for Joint Multi-Domain Ops
General Atomics has recently conducted a flight demonstration of two Avenger unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), each equipped with Lockheed Martin’s Legion Pod IRST21, an Infra-Red Search & Track pod designed to detect aerial targets at long range, without using radar.
Mysterious New Jet Takes to the Air
Scaled Composites announced the first flight of its newly developed, experimental aircraft Model 401. The company produced two such aircraft for an undisclosed customer, to demonstrate advanced, low-cost manufacturing techniques and research flight services for the United States government. This successful first flight is the beginning of the flight test phase for vehicle number 1. The Scaled team plans to continue envelope expansion on the first aircraft as they move toward first flight of the second Model 401 vehicle.
Bigger Wings, More Fuel, Carry the Avenger Longer and Farther
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), successfully performed the first flight of the Avenger Extended Range (Avenger ER) remotely piloted aircraft (RPA). With wingspan increased to 76 feet and 2,200 pounds of additional fuel, the ER extends the legacy Avenger’s endurance from 15 hours to 20 hours.
High Flying Drones Recruited for Missile Defense
Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) are currently tested with Airborne Infrared (ABIR) sensors – performing persistent, forward pickets to spot hostile missile launches and track them through their flight trajectory. These missions will soon evolve as RPAs become operational, and augment existing radar and space-based sensors, providing midcourse tracking and target discrimination, to help targeting ground and ship-based missile defense interceptors. In the next phase MDA will equip even larger unmanned platforms with high-power laser systems, to perform boost-phase intercept. The agency plans to demonstrate such systems in 2021.
Improved Avenger Adapted to Carry Strategic Recce Sensors
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) will begin flight testing of an Improved Avenger in October 2016. This enhanced version of the semi-stealthy drone will enhance the Avenger's capabilities on long endurance, intelligence gathering missions carrying the new MS-177 Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR) sensor.
RPA Pilots Command Avenger from a New Ground Control Station
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has successfully demonstrated the command of the Predator C Avenger stealth drone from a new, Advanced Cockpit Ground Control Station’s (GCS’).
A Second Avenger is Airborne
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) marked the first flight of a larger, heavier Avenger jet powered 'Predator C' unmanned aerial vehicle. The aircraft features a longer fuselage than the first Avenger aircraft – increased by four feet to accommodate larger payloads and fuel.
U.S. Air Force to Receive a More Powerful ‘Predator C Plus’
The U.S. Air force has awarded General Atomics a contract to build a third prototype of the stealthy Predator C Avenger unmanned aircraft. General Atomics has already built two such aircraft and is planning to build two more, at least one is now being funded by the U.S. Government. According to David A. Fulghum of Aviation Week, these new ‘Avenger’ versions will be more powerful and will carry more payloads than the first two prototype competed in 2009. A second Avenger flew for the first time in April 2010. The Air Force has allocated $15 million for the first aircraft but the program is expected to grow in size.
Oman Requests SL-AMRAAM, Avenger Air Defense Systems
Oman is requesting to receive an integrated air defense system based on the Boeing Avenger very short range air defense (VSHORAD) system, augmented with medium range AMRAAM interceptors
Phantom Ray – Boeing’s Unmanned Fighter is Finally Flying
Boeing made Phantom Ray unmanned airborne system (UAS) successfully completed its first flight April 27 at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. "Autonomous, fighter-sized unmanned aircraft are real" Program manager comments.
A Second Aircraft to Join the Avenger Test Campaign Later in...
General Atomics began flight testing of the new, multi-mission jet-powered Predator C Avenger Unmanned Aerial System. The aircraft continued flight testing since its first flight in April 2009. A second, slightly larger Avenger is currently in production, scheduled to join the first aircraft later in 2010.
General Atomics Proposes Carrier-Based Avenger to the U.S. Navy
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. is proposing a new carrier-based derivative of the Predator C (Avenger) known as 'Sea Avenger', designed to address the...
Avenger Mobile Air Defense System
Avenger air defense system is an automated, short-range very low level short range air defense (VSHORAD) system, capable of shoot-on-the-move air defense weapon. Avenger...
Avenger – A Stealthy Predator C Combat UAV from General Atomics
UAV manufacturer General Atomics began flight testing of a larger, stealthier UAV dubbed as the 'Avenger'. Formerly known as 'Predator C', the new jet...
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