Basic Atomics Aeronautical Programs, Inc. (GA-ASI) has built-in the Leonardo Seaspray 7500E V2 multi-mode radar onto an MQ-9A Block 5 Remotely Piloted Plane and carried out its first check flight on Apr. 14, 2021. The maritime-focused radar can be being fitted for the MQ-9B SeaGuardian® RPA. Designed and manufactured in Edinburgh, UK, the Leonardo 7500E V2 radar is the most recent variant of the extremely profitable Seaspray Energetic Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar household, that includes up to date processor and receiver expertise to satisfy the evolving calls for of the ISR mission set. The 7500E V2 is the biggest and most succesful Seaspray AESA radar and enhances the operationally confirmed 7500E. The Seaspray significantly enhances the capabilities of GA-ASI RPA and builds on the already shut working partnership between GA-ASI and Leonardo.

Seaspray 7500E V2 multi-mode radar

Tony Innes, VP Gross sales, Radar and Superior Concentrating on at Leonardo stated, “GA-ASI are an essential companion and I’m delighted to see our joint tasks producing curiosity out there. Seaspray’s long-range, wide-area maritime and floor surveillance functionality makes it an excellent match for the MQ-9A and MQ-9B. The V2 provides important vary will increase for sure vital modes, improved maritime detection and the power to deal with a excessive variety of targets, whereas enhancing on its already-capable over-land mode suite.”


“The advantages of this Maritime Patrol Radar (MPR) within the advanced littoral and maritime Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) setting will add world-class situational consciousness for our RPA,” stated GA-ASI Vice President of Worldwide Strategic Growth Robert Schoeffling.

GA-ASI MQ-9B SeaGuardian remotely-piloted aircraft system (RPAS)
GA-ASI MQ-9B SeaGuardian remotely-piloted plane system (RPAS)

Basic Atomics-Aeronautical Programs, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of Basic Atomics, is a number one designer and producer of confirmed, dependable remotely piloted plane (RPA) programs, radars, and electro-optic and associated mission programs, together with the Predator® RPA sequence and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar. With greater than seven million flight hours, GA-ASI offers long-endurance, mission-capable plane with built-in sensor and information hyperlink programs required to ship persistent flight that allows situational consciousness and speedy strike. The corporate additionally produces quite a lot of floor management stations and sensor management/picture evaluation software program, provides pilot coaching and help companies, and develops meta-material antennas.