GA-ASI Demos Predator® B Electronic Attack Capability
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, announced the conclusion of a second demonstration of Predator® B’s Electronic Attack capability at the U.S. Marine Corps’ (USMC’s) Weapons and Tactics Instructor course held at Marine Corp Air Station (MCAS) Yuma on October 22.
This second demonstration expanded on the success of previous efforts between the Marine Corps, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and GA-ASI.
The objective was to integrate a company-owned Predator B RPA into a Marine Aviation Command and Control (C2) network, enabling control of the aircraft’s Electronic Warfare (EW) payload and other assets to deliver effects across the Electro-magnetic Spectrum (EMS).
This C2 capability was exercised from the Cyber/Electronic Warfare Coordination Cell located at MCAS Yuma and addressed simulated targets located hundreds of miles north at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake.
The Marine Corps is currently analyzing the jamming data in an effort to quantify the EW effectiveness better and hopes to have the official results available soon.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., an affiliate of General Atomics, delivers situational awareness by providing remotely piloted aircraft, radar, and electro-optic solutions for military and commercial applications worldwide.
The company's Aircraft Systems Group is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable remotely piloted aircraft systems, including Predator A, Predator B, Gray Eagle®, the new Predator C Avenger®, and Predator XP. It also manufactures a variety of solid-state digital GCS, including the next-generation Advanced Cockpit GCS, and provides pilot training and support services for RPA field operations.
The Reconnaissance Systems Group designs, manufactures, and integrates the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar and sophisticated Claw® sensor control and image analysis software into both manned and remotely piloted aircraft. It also develops and integrates other sensor and communication equipment into manned ISR aircraft and develops emerging technologies in solid-state lasers, electro-optic sensors, and ultra-wideband data links for government applications.