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GA-ASI Demos Autonomy For UCAV Using MQ-20 and Waveform X

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By General Atomics

January 17, 2024

Manufacturing & Distribution

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. demonstrated its hardware-agnostic, open standards-based autonomy ecosystem for Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles on a GA-ASI MQ-20 Avenger® as part of a live flight test which included three software-defined radios from L3Harris Technologies to support Line-of-Sight (LOS), command and control, and data movement capabilities via Waveform X.

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Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. announced that it has recently received approximately $50 million in awards for Products and Hardware, including for and in support of Counter Unmanned Aerial System, Air Defense and Radar Systems.

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SkyDrive Inc. and Marut Drones signed a memorandum of understanding to enter into the partnership to make a significant milestone in the development of futuristic air transportation in India. Under the agreement, SkyDrive and Marut Drones aims to explore and establish mutually beneficial relationships and networks.

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) demonstrated its rapidly maturing open standards-based autonomy ecosystem for Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles (UCAVs) on an MQ-20 Avenger® as part of a live flight test on Nov. 2, 2023.

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) recently completed the “first lifetime” of fatigue testing – which is equivalent to 40,000 operating hours – and represents an important step in validating the design of the airframe system.

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The X-plane, designated X-65, aims to demonstrate the benefits of active flow control at tactically relevant scale and flight conditions.

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The Government of Canada has signed a contract to purchase a fleet of MQ-9B SkyGuardian® Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI).

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DZYNE Technologies announced the award of a $49 million contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). This significant contract will support the continued research and development of DZYNE's cutting-edge long endurance program.

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ASTM International has announced a new eLearning program focused on usage of a standard practice for Remote ID Means of Compliance (F3586) developed by ASTM’s unmanned aircraft committee (F38).

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Insitu announced the first successful drop of inert GPS-guided Shryke munitions from the Integrator Uncrewed Aircraft System (UAS) in collaboration with Corvid and L3Harris Technologies.

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UAV Navigation-Grupo Oesía’s Flight Control System is now integrated using the CAN interface to communicate with Ultra Motion's servos. This integration continues expanding the peripherals portfolio compatible with the UAV Navigation-Grupo Oesía.

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On Nov. 9, 2023, the Italian Air Force (ItAF) made its first flight of a new MQ-9A Block 5 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI).

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) and the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) teamed up to conduct flight training for Marines that was completed on Oct. 29, 2023.

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Elistair announced the unveiling of KHRONOS, a fully automated tethered drone system designed for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions in challenging, GPS/GNSS-denied and RF-denied environments.

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced an agreement to integrate EDGE smart weapons onto GA-ASI’s MQ-9B SkyGuardian® RPA.

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Monarc Holdings and LOCH Technologies have announced a strategic partnership that will help redefine the landscape of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and bring the LOCH Machine Vision Platform™ to the skies.

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RV Connex have announced a new partnership aimed at sharing solutions, services, and capabilities in the areas of unmanned aerial vehicles, loitering munitions, and precision guided munitions.

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Rotor Technologies, Inc. has completed the first uncrewed flight test campaign of a full-scale civilian helicopter. The campaign was flown with two Rotor R220Y autonomous helicopters.

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The UAE’s EDGE Group has announced the acquisition of a 52% majority shareholding in ANAVIA, a Switzerland-based company that specialises in the design, development, and manufacturing of versatile VTOL systems of up to 750 kilograms.

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EMCORE Corporation announced that it is entering into a long-term supply partnership with Kratos UAS to deliver SDI500, its flagship Quartz MEMS Inertial Measurement Units (IMU), for multiple advanced unmanned aerial defense programs.

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The FAA is partnering with the U.S. Air Force to help support the safe integration of Advanced Air Mobility aircraft into the National Airspace System.

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Quantum Systems becomes the first European company to raise over €100 million on dual-use technology, further solidifying its global leadership in AI-powered drone-robotics.

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Huneed Technologies for the Korean company to produce a flat panel array for GA-ASI’s Lynx® and Eagle-Eye Multi-mode Radar systems.

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Republic of Korea-based ROKADI has signed a Purchase Order to supply General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. with fuel interface rings for GA-ASI’s new MQ-9B SkyGuardian®/SeaGuardian® Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

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Insitu Pacific and Innovaero will collaborate on an integrated solution for a long-range strike capability using uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS), providing a versatile solution in an increasingly complex battlespace.

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Hayes Instrument Co. LLC is the latest distributor to announce its exciting new partnership with GeoCue and Microdrones, industry leaders in UAV LiDAR technology and solutions.

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The VTOL 600h has been equipped with a hybrid propulsion concept. In addition to the four rotors for vertical take-off and landing, the VTOL 600h also has a tail drive for horizontal flight.

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Advanced Navigation has unveiled a new high-tech robotics facility for autonomous systems based at UTS Tech Lab in Botany, New South Wales, Australia.

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Designed to fly in all weather, from land or sea, WaveAerospace’s VTOL Huntress Turbojet gets eyes on a target faster than any other rotorcraft.

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UAS Magazine, the UAS Angel Network, and the Grand Forks Region EDC, announced this week the six companies selected to pitch to a group of angel investors and venture capital firms at the UAS Summit & Expo, taking place October 10-11 in Grand Forks.

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