GA-ASI's Predator UAS Series Achieves 300,000 Flight Hours
GA-ASI's Predator UAS Series Achieves
300,000 Flight Hours
Paris Air Show, Le Bourget -- (GA-ASI) 20 June
2007 -- General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA
ASI), a leading manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical
reconnaissance radars, today announced that its Predator® UAS series has passed
the milestone of 300,000 flight hours, with over 80-percent of that time spent
in combat. The milestone was achieved by P-135 on June 15 while it performed an
armed reconnaissance mission in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This
particular aircraft has flown over 125 combat missions in just the one year it
has been deployed.
Predator series aircraft have flown an average of 8,200 hours per month over the
past six months while maintaining the highest operational readiness rates in the
U.S. military aircraft inventory. Over the past five-and-a-half years, monthly
flight hours have increased 93-percent, growing from approximately 800 hours per
month since 9/11 to over 11,000 hours last month.
Thomas J. Cassidy, Jr, president, Aircraft Systems Group, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
“Now with an experience base of more than 300,000 flight hours, no other UAS
manufacturer can match the combat-proven, unparalleled performance and
exceptional reliability of the Predator family,” said Thomas J. Cassidy, Jr.,
president, Aircraft Systems Group, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
“Providing essential situational awareness to the warfighter, these
long-endurance aircraft systems provide continuous intelligence while engaged in
such missions as surveillance, armed reconnaissance, targeting, forward air
control, laser designation, weapons delivery, and bomb damage assessment.”
With a combined total of well over 250 aircraft built and operational since
1993, GA-ASI manufactures UAS with an unparalleled commitment to quality. As
mission demands have increased and requirements have expanded, the company has
kept pace through the development of next-generation aircraft. The Sky Warrior™
Armed Reconnaissance System (ARS) will be delivered to the U.S. Army in late
2007 to provide long-endurance, armed reconnaissance for the Army warfighter. In
the interim, Sky Warrior Alphas have been delivered and are actively engaged in
combat operations over Iraq. The multi-mission Predator B is in production and
provides a long-endurance, persistent surveillance/strike capability, with the
ability to fly at the optimum altitude from sea level to over 50,000 feet. The
all-altitude Mariner UAS is the most versatile, reliable, and only
cost-effective solution for global maritime surveillance.
Weaponized version of the Predator B
Predator series aircraft are in constant daily operations supporting the U.S.
Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
(DHS)/Customs and Border Protection (CBP), NASA, Italian Air Force, Turkish Army,
and soon the Royal Air Force. These aircraft have been deployed in world trouble
spots on five continents worldwide, including operations in the Balkans, Iraq
and Afghanistan, as well as over three of the world’s oceans.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., an affiliate of General Atomics,
provides comprehensive solutions for military and commercial applications
worldwide. The company’s Aircraft Systems Group is a leading designer and
manufacturer of proven, reliable unmanned aircraft systems, including Predator,
Predator B, and Sky Warrior, and provides pilot training and support services
for UAS field operations. The Aircraft Systems Group has been awarded the SDD
phase of the U.S. Army’s ER/MP UAS Program and is currently developing the
next-generation Army Sky Warrior UAS, featuring a heavy-fuel engine,
triple-redundant avionics and increased armament capability. The Reconnaissance
Systems Group designs, manufactures, and integrates the Lynx® SAR/GMTI radar
onto both manned and unmanned aircraft, as well as the integrated Magnum (Raptor
View) high-resolution EO/IR sensor package. Leading the industry to new levels
of performance, reliability, and operational capability since its establishment
in 1993, the company has expanded the acceptance and application of UAS within
the United States and among allied forces around the globe. GA-ASI is dedicated
to providing long-endurance, mission-capable aircraft with the integrated sensor
and data link systems required to deliver persistent situational awareness and
rapid strike capabilities. For more information, please visit
Predator and Lynx are registered trademarks and Sky Warrior
is a trademark of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc..
For further information please contact:
Kimberly Kasitz, Public Relations Manager,
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
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