Advanced Communications System Aboard Predator

2015-10-15

Advanced Communications System Aboard Predator
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced the successful flight of a company-owned Predator B integrated with a certified Rohde & Schwarz R&S MR6000A air traffic control radio. The flight lasted 48 minutes, launching from the company’s Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility in Palmdale, California.


“Integrating Rohde & Schwarzs R&S MR6000A aboard Predator B is a big step forward in meeting the airworthiness type-certification requirements of our current and future European customers,” said Linden P. Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. We are excited to leverage R&S MR6000As capabilities to enhance Predator Bs safe flight in domestic and international airspace further.

The R&S MR6000A is a key component in supporting GA-ASIs effort to deliver its Certifiable Predator B (CPB) RPA to European customers and to add additional German and European payload capability into its Predator-series aircraft. The R&S MR6000A radio was certified on the A400M as RTCA/DO‑178B (level C) and RTCA/DO‑254 (DAL C) by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). It is already in service on the Airbus A400M Atlas, making it a proven asset. The radio supports both VHF and UHF air-to-air and air-to-ground communications.

During the company-funded test, Predator B demonstrated its ability to integrate the R&S MR6000A airborne radio, delivering VHF radio communication to and from dismounted ground users equipped with a standard VHF aviation radio.

GA-ASI next plans to integrate the R&S MR6000A into CPBs design. Furthermore, it will include both hardware and software upgrades and a state-of-the-art Detect and Avoid (DAA) system featuring an airborne Due Regard Radar (DRR) for operation in non-cooperative airspace. Additionally, the aircraft will be designed to survive bird and lightning strikes and will be equipped with a de-icing system. CPB initially will target NATO type-certification standards with completion of the first-article production aircraft in late 2017.

Region:  USA and Canada
Contry:  USA
Category:  UAV



USA GA-ASI UAV
Name:  Predator   Region:  USA and Canada    Country:  USA    Category:  UAV    Company:  GA-ASI   
Predator

Use(s): long-endurance reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition/designation, weapons delivery, communications relay, SIGINT Manufacturer: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Customers/Users: US Air Force, US Navy, Italian Air Force Powerplant: Rotax 914hp turbo Dimensions: length: 8m, wingspan: 17m Weight: empty: 567kg, MTOW: 1,043kg, max payload internal: 204kg, external: 136kg Performance: speed: 120kt, endurance: 40hr, ceiling: 25,000ft Payload: EO/IR, Lynx SAR/GMTI, SIGINT/ESM, Hellfire missiles Data Link: C-band LoS, Ku-band BLoS SATCOM Guidance/ Tracking: INS/GPS Launch: conventional wheeled Recovery: conventional wheeled Structure Material: semi-monocoque composite using pre-iimpregnated bi-directional graphite skin and Nomex honeycomb stiffening panels Status: in service



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