Additional efforts for General Atomics to penetrate deeper within the European Market

GA-ASI Begins Demonstration Flights in Greece: European Countries Get First-Hand Look at Maritime Surveillance – link

Source: Defense Aerospace

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has deployed an MQ-9 Guardian unmanned aircraft to Larissa air base, in Northern Greece, to demonstrate its maritime surveillance capabilities as well as its ability to fly in unsegregated airspace. (GAASI photo)

Article Headlines

  • General Atomics conducted a series of demonstrations of the MQ-9 Guardian for various European countries
  • The demo was hosted by the Hellenic Air Force in Larrisa Air Base
  • The main capabilities displayed were the maritime surveillance capabilities and the Detect and Avoid (DAA) system
  • GA-ASI’s DAA system consists of an air-to-air radar integrated with Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS II) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)
  • The system’s traffic surveillance and collision avoidance radar provides important safety features for the flight of a large UAS in controlled airspace
  • The MQ-9 also demonstrated a multi-mode maritime surface-search radar with Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR) mode, an Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver, and High-Definition / Full-Motion Video sensor equipped with optical and infrared cameras
  • This sensor suite enables real-time detection and identification of surface vessels over thousands of square nautical miles
  • The featured Raytheon SeaVue surface-search radar provides continuous tracking of maritime targets and correlation of AIS transmitters with radar tracks
  • The company has also partnered with SES, a leading SATCOM operator, enabling the MQ-9 to operate securely with a high capacity datalink, enabling real-time transmission of sensor data from the aircraft, and extending its effective operational range far beyond that of “line-of-sight” datalinks

Overview & Comments

  • With success in leading European countries General Atomics is paving the way to more potential European customers with full force utilizing the changing export regulations by the current administration combined with other advantages such as FMS / FMF
  • Regarding maritime activity the European continent is a major potential market with regards to activity in the Mediterranean Sea & Aegean Sea regarding illegal immigrants / refugees as well as the Baltic Sea with ongoing Russian activity
  • Currently the EU obtains various service contracts for maritime surveillance via European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and Frontex with companies such as Elbit Systems, IAI & Tekever
  • The DAA capability is crucial for operating within civilian airspace especially in Europe in which the company has a strong “foothold” after receiving orders for the Certifiable Predator B (CPB) in the UK and Belgium
  • Other operators of the various variants include The Netherlands, Spain, France and Italy

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