EO/IR Targeting System Integrated into MQ-9 Predator UAS

By Mike Ball / 05 Mar 2020
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MQ-9 Predator UAS with EOIR targeting system

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) and L3Harris Technologies have announced that the two companies have successfully integrated the WESCAM MX-20 Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR) system onto a GA-ASI MQ-9 Predator B series unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), thus providing the aircraft with an advanced targeting solution. A series of test flights have been performed in order to demonstrate the MQ-9’s ability to locate and track targets at long stand-off range when equipped with this new sensor.

The WESCAM MX-20 EO/IR system, which is equipped with high-sensitivity multi-spectral sensors for day, low-light and nighttime missions, will support Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Precision Guided Munitions (PGM) missions. It will allow the MQ-9 UAS to operate with excellent detection and recognition capabilities from extremely high altitudes.

Linden Blue, CEO of GA-ASI, commented: “The GA-ASI and L3Harris teams have worked closely over the past year to ensure the successful integration of this sophisticated system. This is a significant milestone and we look forward to the enduring relationship and growing opportunities with L3Harris WESCAM.”

Jacques Comtois, General Manager at WESCAM, L3Harris, stated: “L3Harris is proud to partner with GA-ASI to deliver sophisticated technologies for persistent surveillance missions and evolving battlefields. Being a Team SkyGuardian partner allows us to support our technology’s modular growth path with unprecedented levels of innovation and business opportunities globally for leading unmanned aircraft system programs.”

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact
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