GA-ASI concluded a set of maritime test flights over the sea-lane with MQ-9B SeaGuardian UAS
According to a press release published on the virtual booth of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) at the Online Edition of Euronaval 2020, International naval defense and maritime security industry exhibition, GA-ASI concluded a set of maritime test flights over the sea-lanes off the coast of Southern California on September 11th, 2020, using the MQ-9B SeaGuardian® Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS). This was the first MQ-9B configured for surveillance operations over open-water and served to demonstrate MQ-9B capabilities in the maritime environment.
MQ-9B SeaGuardian (Picture source General Atomics)
The SeaGuardians debut demonstrated persistent situational awareness in the maritime domain for our customers, said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. SeaGuardian is an MQ9B SkyGuardian configured for maritime ISR 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 flexible operations in civil (including ICAO) airspace.
The aircraft onboard sensors included the GA-ASI Lynx® Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), a Raytheon Intelligence & Space SeaVue Expanded Mission Capability (XMC) radar, a Raytheon Intell....