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Some Good Numbers for GA-ASI

Summer saw General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. receive other Pentagon funding and set a record:

• The Poway business is among six companies that will split a $499 million pot of money over eight years to research unspecified “affordable, revolutionary capabilities” for war-fighters. Work under the Aerospace Systems Air Platform Technology Research program is expected to last through 2025. The Air Force research lab at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio awarded the deal, which the Pentagon announced Aug. 29.

• The company’s new, extended-range Gray Eagle aircraft, built for the U.S. Army, completed a 41.9-hour endurance flight on Aug. 6 at GA-ASI’s facility in El Mirage, in Southern California’s high desert. The company was attempting a 40-hour flight. The Army plans a year of tests for the extended-range Predator-family aircraft (dubbed MQ-1C ER) with the goal of putting it into the field by this time next year. “The MQ-1C ER represents a significant enhancement in capability over the currently fielded MQ-1C and will be a game-changer on the battlefield in support of our Army customer,” said David R. Alexander, president of Aircraft Systems with GA-ASI, in a prepared statement.

• In August, the Air Force awarded the company a two-year, $18.8 million deal to improve the maintenance and repair of fuel system components for Reaper aircraft. A Reaper is a large version of the Predator.

• In June, the Air Force awarded the company a two-year, $27.6 million contract to address diminishing manufacturing sources for the Reaper’s primary communications data link.

GA-ASI is part of privately held General Atomics.

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