20/01/2021

GA-ASI demos ASW capability for Reaper / SeaGuardian UASs

GA-ASI demos ASW capability for Reaper / SeaGuardian UASs – link

Source: Jane’s

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  • GA-ASI has revealed a new anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability for its MQ-9A Reaper and MQ-9B SeaGuardian UASs, with sonobuoy dispensing and remote sensing
  • The demonstration, announced by the company on 19 January, saw an MQ-9A Reaper Block 5 unmanned aerial vehicle deploy an ‘A’ sized sonobuoy over a US Navy Pacific test range on 24 November 2020, and then process the information
  • As noted by GA-ASI, the MQ-9A Reaper Block 5 successfully deployed one BT-AN/SSQ-36B Bathythermobuoy (BT), seven AN/SSQ-53G Directional Frequency Analysis and Recording (DIFAR), and two AN/SSQ-62F Directional Command Active Sonobuoy System (DICASS) sonobuoys to initiate prosecution and continuously track a MK-39 Expendable Mobile ASW Training Target (EMATT) over a three-hour period
  • Target track was generated using General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada’s UYS-505 sonobuoy processing system
  • The Reaper operators then accurately generated a target track in real time from the Laguna Flight Operations Facility located at Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona
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