|Aerospace Industry Awards Nominates and Selects the RQ-1 Predato|
Aerospace Industry Awards Nominates and Selects the RQ-1 Predator
San Diego, California -- (GA-ASI) March 2, 2002 -- General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of unmanned aircraft surveillance systems, announced today that it has received the 2002 Aerospace Industry Award for the RQ-1 Predator in the category of Missiles and Military Aircraft. Presented to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. at the Asian Aerospace banquet sponsored by Flight International in Singapore this week, the Industry Award recognized GA-ASI’s commitment to achieving the highest standards of program safety, efficiency and performance in the category of missiles and military aircraft.
"We are pleased to accept this award as recognition of our ability to develop, manufacture and provide a reliable, multi-role precision strike aircraft that has revolutionized air power throughout the world," stated Thomas J. Cassidy, Jr., President and CEO of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
Judged by an internationally-recognized panel of aerospace industry experts, the RQ-1 Predator program was chosen as the winner of this year’s award based on program achievements and design innovations. Established in 1994, the RQ-1 Predator program has transitioned from a pure surveillance and reconnaissance system to the first-ever remotely piloted strike aircraft in aviation history.
Equipped with an electro-optical sensor for day or night surveillance, Predators have also been equipped with laser designators and Hellfire missiles mounted under each wing. Remaining airborne more than 24 hours, Predator provides surveillance of large areas, location of targets and now can either laze that target for tactical aircraft strikes or launch its own air-to-ground laser guided missiles under the direct control of the flight crew on the ground which could be located several thousand miles away. The satellite data link allows for unparalleled flexibility in controlling the aircraft and in receiving and disseminating payload imagery in real-time.
"This revolutionary aircraft system, for the first time ever, has reduced the time to detect, commit and strike a target to mere seconds. Aviation will never be the same," said Mr. Cassidy.
Located in San Diego, Calif., General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. is dedicated to the design, manufacture and support of a range of unmanned aircraft systems for customers throughout the world and has spearheaded the acceptance of unmanned aircraft systems for a variety of missions including surveillance, reconnaissance, targeting, weapons delivery, scientific research and other commercial applications.