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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

General Atomics Developing Lightweight Laser Weapon

July 21, 2011
By George Seffers

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated recently announced that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded the company a contract for development of the complete Demonstrator Laser Weapon System (DLWS) for the agency's High Energy Liquid Laser Defense System (HELLADS) program. The contract award follows the successful development and test of the company's HELLADS weapon class unit cell under a previous contract. The HELLADS laser concept combines the high-storage density of solid-state with the efficient heat removal of flowing liquids. The HELLADS program seeks to demonstrate a 150-kilowatt laser weapon that weighs less than 2,000 pounds and could be mounted to military platforms as small as patrol ships, fighter and surveillance aircraft, armored combat vehicles, and perhaps even unmanned aircraft.

U.S. Air Force Procures Riverside Institute's Expertise

May 31, 2011
By George Seffers

Riverside Research Institute, New York, New York, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $49 million contract for graduate-level technical services and expertise for the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology, for the Center for Measurement and Signature Intelligence and for the Center for Systems Engineering. Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

U.S. Air Force Procures Processors for Predator/Reaper Program

May 25, 2011
By George Seffers

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems of Poway, California, is being awarded a more than $13 million contract for the purchase of 8 Linux processors, 41 improved display kits and associated spares for the ground control stations under the Predator/Reaper program. Aeronautical Systems Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

General Atomics to Integrate Universal Ground Control Station

May 11, 2011
By George Seffers

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated, Poway, California, was awarded a nearly $9 million contract for Universal Ground Control Station integration. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

U.S. Army Awards Nearly $400 Million Sky Warrior Unmanned Aerial Systems Contract

July 9, 2010
By George Seffers

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, recently received $195.5 million in funding from the U.S. Army toward an estimated $399 million contract to provide supplemental hardware and low-rate initial production of its Sky Warrior unmanned aerial system in support of the Army's Extended Range/Multi-Purpose unmanned aerial system program. Full funding is expected later this summer and will provide for 34 Sky Warrior aircraft, 16 ground control stations, airborne and ground tactical control data link equipment and various other items to include automatic landing systems, spares, and ground support equipment.

General Atomics Awarded MQ-1 Predator and Control Station Modification

June 25, 2010
By George Seffers

The U.S. Air Force awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated, San Diego, a $94 million contract modification.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems To Modify Wright-Patterson Take-Off/Landing Capabilities

June 15, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has received a contract award to provide MQ-9 auto take-off and landing capability modification to the system development and demonstration bridge effort. The contract, awarded by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, is worth $9 million.

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