Flights Demonstrate GA-ASIs SeaGuardians Maritime Capabilities

An MQ-9B SeaGuardian. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

SAN DIEGO General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GAASI) concluded a set of maritime test flights over the sea-lanes off the coast of Southern California on Sept. 11, using the MQ-9B SeaGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS), the company said in a Sept. 14 release. 

This was the first MQ-9B configured for surveillance operations over open-water and served to demonstrate MQ-9B capabilities in the maritime environment. 

The SeaGuardians debut demonstrated persistent situational awareness in the maritime domain for our customers, said Linden Blue, CEO of GA-ASI. SeaGuardian is an MQ-9B SkyGuardian configured for maritime ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) mission. 

The Southern California test flight demonstrated how SeaGuardian can be used for a variety of maritime missions, including surface search, subsurface search, littoral surveillance, anti-piracy and search and rescue. MQ-9B is all-weather capable, and compliant with STANAG 4671 (NATO Airworthiness type-certification standard for UAS). This feature, along with its operationally proven collision-avoidance radar, enables fl....

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