Basic Atomics Aeronautical Techniques, Inc. (GA-ASI) congratulates the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) on attaining a major milestone of surpassing 20,000 flight hours with their Marine Air-Floor Job Power (MAGTF) Unmanned Expeditionary (MUX) Medium-Altitude, Excessive-Endurance (MALE) MQ-9A Unmanned Plane System (UAS).
To this point, GA-ASI has delivered eight MQ-9A UAS to the USMC. Two of those MQ-9A plane are actively engaged in operational missions, taking part in an important function in supporting mission-critical Marine Corps targets. The USMC awaits supply of 12 extra plane, which can fulfill their aim of three squadrons by 2025.
“This strategic acquisition of MQ-9As underscores the USMC’s dedication to strengthening their aerial surveillance capabilities and demonstrates their confidence in GA-ASI’s experience in delivering top-tier UAS,” mentioned GA-ASI President David R. Alexander.
Famend for its fault-tolerant flight management system and triple-redundant avionics system structure, the MQ-9A UAS embodies the business’s highest requirements of reliability and efficiency, surpassing these of many manned plane.
The USMC fleet will finally be solely composed of the MQ-9A Prolonged Vary (ER) configuration, enhanced with wing-borne gasoline pods and strengthened touchdown gear. This mannequin has been particularly designed to increase its endurance to greater than 30 hours, enabling persistent long-endurance surveillance capabilities. Outfitted with Full-Movement Video and each a Artificial Aperture Radar and a Shifting Goal Indicator/Maritime Mode Radar, this superior system offers the USMC with a complete real-time situational consciousness image.
The USMC’s 20,000 flight hours with MQ-9A characterize a powerful accomplishment within the area of unmanned aviation. GA-ASI is honored to have performed a job on this achievement and appears ahead to persevering with its collaboration with the USMC to additional advance the capabilities of unmanned methods and assist their rising UAS squadrons.