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