GA-ASI demonstrates Northrop Grumman EW capabilities on Predator BNews
August 14, 2013
WASHINGTON. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA ASI) announced at the 2013 Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) that the Predator B Electronic Attack capability was successfully demonstrated at the Marine Corp Air Station (MCAS) in Yuma, AZ. The demonstration displayed integration of a jamming pod containing a Northrop Grumman Digital Receiver/Exciter into a GA-ASI Predator B Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to evaluate the system’s Electronic Warfare (EW) capabilities.
"With this highly effective display of Predator B as a viable and capable EW platform, we are poised to provide even greater value as a multi-mission RPA solution for the Marines to address their EW requirements," says Frank W. Pace, President, Aircraft Systems Group, GA-ASI.
Over 20 Predator B aircraft were integrated into the EW architecture and GA-ASI Command and Control (C2) networks during the exercise, which showed seamless interoperability of the Northrop Grumman jamming payload with the UAS platform. Future demonstrations will expand on the multi-node approach to further integrate and expand networked EW capacity to other unmanned platforms and EA-6B Growlers.
"We are using multiple platforms in a networked approach to prosecute the IADS to protect our strikers as they hit their targets," says Major Charles Dudik, HQMC Aviation EW Requirements Officer. "It is a non-traditional approach to this problem set, but we believe this is where the future is headed for EW."