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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.
New Brimstone Demonstrates Enhanced CAS Responsiveness
MBDA's Brimstone air-to-surface missile has passed an operational evaluation by the Royal Air Force (RAF) that confirmed the performance of the weapon’s latest technical enhancements. These include a new warhead and propulsion system conforming to insensitive munitions (IM) standard and more robust airframe, improving the weapon's G loading and maneuverability.
Spain To fly Predator B Reaper Drones
The government of Spain has selected General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) to deliver Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems to the Spanish Air Force....
Air Force Addresses Shortage of Pilots for Unmanned Aircraft
In response to a critical shortage of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) pilots, the U.S. Air Force is investing more than $100 million to buy more ground control stations, simulators and contract instructors. The service will be placing some newly minted pilots in RPA squadrons beginning in August and is offering bonuses of up to $15,000 per year for RPA pilots, beginning in fiscal year 2016.
Predator XP drone embarks on 40+ hour long-endurance flight
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), has recently completed the longest mission of a Predator Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). The flight performed by a company built launched on February 6 and landed on February 8, 2015 during a 40-plus hour flight conducted at GA-ASI’s Castle Dome Flight Operations Facility located at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz.
GAO tells Air Force: Improve Service Conditions for Drone Pilots
Since 2008 the US Air Force has more than tripled the number of its active-duty pilots flying Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) - including General...
Australia Continues Heron I Mission in Afghanistan
While coalition forces begin to withdraw from Afghanistan, the Heron I remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) operated with the Australian Heron Detachment is set to...
Unmanned Systems Soaring over Tel-Aviv
Citizens of the seaside town of Rishon Lezion, south of Tel-Aviv woke up today to an unfamiliar sound, as an IAI Heron I unmanned...
US Agency Details French RPA (UAS) Procurement Package
France has requested buying 16 U.S. General-Atomics (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), a sale that could top US$1.5 bn., The first two will be delivered this year with the remaining shipped in late 2015 or early 2016.
Airborne Sense and Avoid Radars for RPAs
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) successfully completed its second airborne demonstration for the Air Force Research Lab under its Multi Sensor Detect Sense and Avoid...
GA-ASI Touts Exportable Version of MQ-9
Following its successful penetration of the French market, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) is planning to introduce an exportable, certifiable variant of its...