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Predator B UAV Being Modified to Assume ELINT Role

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GA-ASI and Raytheon to Integrate German Advanced Radar Detection System Onto Predator B

(Source: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems; issued July 7, 2016)

SAN DIEGO --– General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) and Raytheon Deutschland GmbH today announced that they will integrate the Advanced Radar Detection System (ARDS) onto a GA-ASI Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper.

A scalable Electronic Support Measure (ESM) system for passive radar monitoring, ARDS is designed and developed by Raytheon Deutschland on the basis of modules which are produced in Spain and in the UK.

"Adding an ELINT [Electronic Intelligence] role to Predator B by integrating ARDS will help our customers to map air defense radar threats in contested airspace, from stand-off distances," said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI

The European-made ARDS provides passive, wide-area ELINT over land and sea and enables high-fidelity detection and direction-finding of RF emitters. The ARDS will be integrated into a standard pod that will be mounted on the centerline hard point of Predator B.

"Predator B is the ideal platform for our ARDS as it deploys the ELINT capability with significantly greater endurance at much lower cost per flight hour compared with other platforms," said Andreas Radermacher, managing director, Raytheon Deutschland GmbH.

A combined GA-ASI and Raytheon team is currently freezing the design of the integration hardware that will make this capability available to customers in 2018. The team plans to execute developmental and operational flight tests in the second half of 2017.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., an affiliate of General Atomics, delivers situational awareness by providing remotely piloted aircraft systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions for military and commercial applications worldwide. The company's Aircraft Systems business unit is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable, RPA systems, including Predator A, Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper, Gray Eagle, the new Predator C Avenger, and Predator XP.

Raytheon Deutschland GmbH is a mission specialist for passive radar detection systems and maritime surveillance radars. Located in southern Germany, Raytheon Deutschland GmbH offers complete service, support and maintenance for sensor systems and radars for a variety of European customers and platforms.