General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. disclosed recently that it was testing its Predator B unmanned aircraft as an electronic warfare platform.

It reported a successful test in April at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.

GA-ASI participated with a company-owned Predator B aircraft, equipped with a jamming pod containing a Northrop Grumman digital receiver and exciter. Pilots controlled the aircraft with a GA-ASI ground control station.

More tests are planned.

The Poway business suggested in a news release that unmanned aircraft may one day take electronic warfare assignments away from aircraft with pilots on board.

— SDBJ Staff Report