San Diego Business Journal

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Indicates Possible Foreign Military Sale to Netherlands

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Unmanned aircraft builder General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. made several announcements at the recent Paris Air Show and indicated a possible foreign military sale to the Netherlands.

GA-ASI said it has forged a new partnership with Dutch aerospace firm Fokker Technologies to offer its medium-altitude, long-endurance Predator B remotely piloted aircraft to the Netherlands.

“GA-ASI’s formation of a working partnership with Fokker represents a steadfast commitment by both parties to support the Dutch armed forces with a proven, cost-effective and responsive solution to The Netherlands’ requirements for persistent situational awareness,” said Neal Blue, chairman and CEO of GA-ASI, in a prepared statement.

The Poway-based company also announced:

• An expansion of its partnership with Quebec-based CAE to offer mission training systems to markets outside of Canada.

• Full motion video capability in its Lynx-brand synthetic aperture radar. The prototype system was installed on a King Air 200 manned aircraft and flown successfully on March 25 in Ramona.

• The participation of the Lynx-equipped aircraft in a U.S. Navy’s Trident Spectre exercise in May in Virginia. GA-ASI said it successfully demonstrated an enhanced sensor dissemination capability.

— SDBJ Staff Report