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About General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) knows that some aircraft are better off without human pilots. The company is a designer and manufacturer of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) with names like Predator, Lynx, Avenger, and Gray Eagle, as well as airborne intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance (ISR) sensor systems, including the Lynx multi-mode radar and the Highlighter sensor for detecting improvised explosive devices. The company also has digital ground control stations and provides RPA training and field operations support services. GA-ASI is an affiliate of privately held General Atomics.


GA-ASI is committed to providing immediately deployable, transformational technology for military operations and weapons systems, as well as for civil missions.

GA-ASI's Aircraft Systems business unit is a leading designer and manufacturer of RPA systems, including Predator A, Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper, Gray Eagle, the new Predator C Avenger, and Predator XP. It also manufactures a variety of state-of-the-art digital GCS, including the Portable Aircraft Control Station, and provides pilot training and support services for RPA field operations.

GA-ASI also integrates other sensor and communication equipment into manned ISR aircraft and develops emerging technologies in electro-optical sensors, and Foliage Penetration/ 3D mapping.

Geographic Reach

GA-ASI is headquartered in Poway, California and has a number of facilities in the San Diego area and in the Mojave Desert, as well as adjacent to various customer locations around the US.

Sales and Marketing

GA-ASI provides comprehensive products and services for military and commercial applications worldwide.


GA-ASI opened a new customer service center in Dresden, Germany. The center provides sustainment capabilities for MQ-9 fleets in and near Europe, providing customer convenience and expanding opportunities for European aerospace suppliers.

GA-ASI wants to build on its industrial collaboration efforts in the Republic of Korea (ROK). It has been active in exploring supply chain and research opportunities in ROK since 2017, with collaborative Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with Huneed Technologies Co. Ltd. (Huneed) and Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). In September 2020, GA-ASI executed a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with Korea Jig & Fixture (KJF). GA-ASI hopes to collaborate with KJF on future manufacture of support equipment.

Mergers and Acquisitions

In mid-2020, GA-ASI acquired a majority of the assets of IJK Controls, including facilities and all Intellectual Property for an undisclosed amount. IJK Controls is a Pasadena, California-based provider of innovative solutions for stabilization, pointing and tracking of cameras, sensors and antennas. The addition of IJK to GA-ASI adds critical capabilities in the development of Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) and Radio Frequency (RF) gimbaled and turret-based systems for advanced airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), communications and weapons.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

14200 Kirkham Way
Poway, CA 92064-7103
Phone: 1 (858) 312-2810

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Privately Owned
Chairman and CEO: James N. Blue
President Reconnaissance Systems Group: Linden P. Blue
President, Aircraft Systems Group: Frank W. Pace
Employees (This Location): 500
Employees (All Locations): 5,400

Major Office Locations

Poway, CA

Other Locations

Huntsville, AL
Adelanto, CA
Poway, CA
San Diego, CA
Emerado, ND