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2020-04-01

GA-ASI and L3Harris Collaborate

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) and L3Harris Technologies recently completed the successful integration of the WESCAM MX-20 Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR) system onto a GA-ASI MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) to provide an advanced targeting solution.

A series of test flights were conducted recently to demonstrate the MX-20-equipped MQ-9’s ability to locate and track targets at long stand-off ranges.
Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI said: “This is a significant milestone and we look forward to the enduring relationship and growing opportunities with L3Harris WESCAM.”
 
When integrated onto the MQ-9 Predator B series of RPAS, the WESCAM MX-20 EO/IR system will support Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Precision Guided Munitions (PGM) missions. Field-proven through multiple deployments, the WESCAM MX-20 is equipped with high-sensitivity multi-spectral sensors for day, low-light and nighttime missions. The WESCAM MX-20 operates with detection and recognition capabilities from ultra-high altitudes.
 
“L3Harris is proud to partner with GA-ASI to deliver sophisticated technologies for persistent surveillance missions and evolving battlefields,” said Jacques Comtois, General Manager, WESCAM, L3Harris. “Being a Team SkyGuardian partner allows us to support our technology’s modular growth path with unprecedented levels of innovation and business opportunities globally for leading unmanned aircraft system programmes.”
 
Team SkyGuardian combines the best of industry with one of the world’s most advanced Medium-altitude Long-endurance (MALE) RPAS, the MQ-9B SkyGuardian, being developed to fulfil future RPAS requirements.
 

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