April 10, 2017

GA-ASI’s Predator B demonstrates threat radar detection

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced April 10 the successful airborne demonstration of a Radar Warning Receiver on a GA-ASI Predator® B/MQ-9 Reaper® Block 5 aircraft.

The company-owned Predator B operated from GA-ASI’s Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility near Palmdale, Calif., against various ground-based radars.

GA-ASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions.

“The successful demonstration of a mature radar warning receiver on our company-owned Predator B clearly shows the utility of the aircraft in conducting missions in the proximity of threat radars and enemy air defenses,” said Claudio Pereida, executive vice president, Mission Systems, GA-ASI. “We are pleased to be the first company to demonstrate this capability on a remotely piloted aircraft and hope to make it available to interested customers on a quick-reaction basis.”

The Raytheon ALR-69A RWR, carried within GA-ASI’s standard payload pod, provides enhanced situational awareness to aircrew and air element command and control units by identifying potential radar threats in or near “contested airspace” environments.

“The ALR-69A provides improved detection range and accurate, unambiguous identification in dense signal environments,” said Paul Overstreet, ALR-69A program manager, Raytheon. “Its open architecture is what allows it to operate on manned or unmanned aircraft.”

In various flight profiles, the pod was able to validate RWR performance which met or exceeded current thresholds for both air and ground radar threats. Additionally, the RWR information to the flight crew was deemed useful for triggering flight crew action, such as manually cross-cueing to other onboard sensors to validate threat information. 

GA-ASI plans further RWR demonstrations later in the year to include integrating with Link 16 (a military tactical data exchange network).

Development and testing is currently being conducted under Internal Research and Development funding, with the goal of partnering with potential customers in the near future.

All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


2018 Los Angeles County Air Show Guide

2018 Los Angeles County Air Show Guide

LA County Air Show, featuring the USAF F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team and more! Includes flight line map and information on aerial performances and static displays. Presented by Lockheed Martin at Fox Airfield, Lancaster CA, Ma...
LA County Air Show
Heroes and Legends History Panel

Aviation Heroes and Legends History Panels

As in previous years, the Los Angeles County Air Show will feature a variety of history panels that bring together aviation heroes and legends to discuss their achievements and accomplishments. Biographies of the panel particip...

LA County Air Show information

Location, time The Los Angeles County Air Show is March 24-25, 2018, at William J. Fox Airfield in Lancaster, Calif. Gates open at 9 a.m. with performances running from approximately 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day of the two-day show. Parking information There is ample parking and superb traffic management. Parking, however, is not free....