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, Avenger, and Gray Eagle, as well as airborne intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance (ISR) sensor systems, including the Lynx multi-function radar and the Highlighter sensor for detecting improvised explosive devices. The company also manufactures solid-state digital ground control stations and provides RPA training and field operations support services. Additionally, it is developing lasers for range-finding and marking targets. GA-ASI is an affiliate of privately held
The company 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 next-generation Advanced Cockpit GCS, and provides pilot training and support services for RPA field operations.
The Mission Systems business unit designs, manufactures, and integrates the Lynx Multi-mode Radar and the highly sophisticated Claw sensor payload control and image analysis software on to both manned and unmanned surveillance aircraft. It also integrates other sensor and communication equipment into manned ISR aircraft and develops emerging technologies in solid-state lasers, electro-optical sensors, and ultra-wideband data links for government applications.
GA-ASI has a number of facilities in the San Diego area and in the Mojave Desert. In 2015, the company opened an office in Abu Dhabi to support its Middle East and North African (MENA) customers.
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GA-ASI provides comprehensive products and services for military and commercial applications worldwide.
Demand for RPAs (remotely piloted aircraft) is on the upswing given the latest defense spending trends. The
GA-ASI's flagship product, the Predator, was named by
In general, the company's RPAs are less expensive to operate than manned aircraft and are able to remain in the air for longer periods of time. Other advantages include the fact its RPAs are versatile -- they can be outfitted with missiles, turning them from drones into combat aircraft. These attributes make the aircraft highly attractive to the foreign and domestic agencies that use them, including the
Not just for war zones or military applications, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are also being used to monitor borders, piracy on the high seas, and natural and man-made disasters.
14200 KIRKHAM WAY
Poway, CA 92064-7103
Phone: 1 (858) 312-2810
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