The U.S. State Division has authorised a $300 million International Navy Sale (FMS) to the Authorities of France for the continuation of MQ-9A Reaper® Contractor Logistics Assist (CLS) and associated tools. Basic Atomics Aeronautical Techniques, Inc. (GA-ASI), developer of the MQ-9A Reaper Remotely Piloted Plane, is the principal contractor. The follow-on help will improve the French Air & House Drive (FrASF) fleet of MQ-9s and consists of plane elements, spares and equipment, coaching tools and simulator software program, in addition to functionality upgrades to the Predator® Mission Aircrew Coaching System (PMATS). The CLS contract consists of software program and software program help providers, restore and return, U.S. authorities and contractor supplied engineering, technical and logistical help providers, and different associated crucial parts.

“The French Reaper fleet has been an incredible asset for the FrASF, particularly in supporting coaching and operations in France and Africa,” mentioned Troy Lefever, MQ-9 FMS Department Chief. “We admire the continued help and partnership with GA-ASI.”


“The French Air & House Drive has been an impressive buyer for GA-ASI for a few years,” mentioned GA-ASI Senior Director of Worldwide FMS Packages Alan Peterson. “We’re happy to ship a brand new stage of contractor help for the French MQ-9s.”

The Basic Atomics MQ-9 Reaper (typically known as Predator B) is an unmanned aerial automobile (UAV) able to remotely managed or autonomous flight operations developed by Basic Atomics Aeronautical Techniques (GA-ASI) primarily for the US Air Drive (USAF). The MQ-9 and different UAVs are known as Remotely Piloted Automobiles/Plane (RPV/RPA) by the USAF to point their human floor controllers. The MQ-9 is a bigger, heavier, and extra succesful plane than the sooner Basic Atomics MQ-1 Predator; it may be managed by the identical floor methods used to regulate MQ-1s. The Reaper has a 950-shaft-horsepower (712 kW) turboprop engine (in comparison with the Predator’s 115 hp (86 kW) piston engine). The higher energy permits the Reaper to hold 15 occasions extra ordnance payload and cruise at about 3 times the velocity of the MQ-1. The plane is monitored and managed by aircrew within the Floor Management Station (GCS), together with weapons employment.

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