Avenger ER UAS Receives Experimental Certificate for Extended Operations
- GA‑ASI has been awarded an Experimental Certificate (EC) by the FAA for its Avenger ER (Extended Range) UAS.
- The certificate enables the unmanned aircraft to perform expanded operations in the U.S. National Airspace System, and GA-ASI plans to begin flight testing with the Avenger ER for multiple contracted and Internal Research & Development (IRAD) projects.
- The jet-powered aircraft is designed to perform high-speed, long-endurance missions over land or sea, with avionics based upon the battle-proven Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper platform. With a 44-foot long fuselage and a 76-foot wingspan, it can carry a payload of more than 4,000 pounds, fly at over 400 KTAS, and stay in the air for more than 20 hours.
- Avenger ER supports a wide array of sensors and weapons loads and has been designed to carry an all-weather GA-ASI Lynx Multi-mode Radar, an Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR) sensor, Infrared Search and Track System (IRST) and a 2,000-pound Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), delivering an optimal balance of long loiter ISR and precision strike capability.
- GA-ASI’s fleet of Avenger aircraft has recently surpassed the 30,000 flight hour milestone, with the UAVs being engaged in a variety of projects including the U.S. Air Force’s Skyborg Vanguard Program, which is pushing the boundaries in teaming autonomous systems with human-crewed platforms.
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