GA-ASI builds upon elec­tronic at­tack ex­per­tise

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Gen­eral Atomics Aero­nau­ti­cal Sys­tems, Inc. (GA-ASI) an­nounced the con­clu­sion of a sec­ond demon­stra­tion of Preda­tor B’s elec­tronic At­tack ca­pa­bil­ity at the US Ma­rine Corps’ (USMC) Weapons and Tac­tics In­struc­tor course held at Ma­rine Corp Air Sta­tion (MCAS) Yuma.

This sec­ond demon­stra­tion ex­panded on the suc­cess of pre­vi­ous ef­forts be­tween the Ma­rine Corps, Northrop Grum­man Cor­po­ra­tion, and GA-ASI. The ob­jec­tive was to in­te­grate a com­pany-owned Preda­tor B RPA into a Ma­rine Avi­a­tion Com­mand and Con­trol (C2) net­work, en­abling con­trol of the air­craft’s Elec­tronic War­fare (EW) pay­load and other as­sets to de­liver ef­fects across the Elec­tro­mag­netic Spec­trum (EMS).

This C2 ca­pa­bil­ity was ex­er­cised from the cy­ber/elec­tronic war­fare co­or­di­na­tion cell lo­cated at MCAS Yuma and ad­dressed sim­u­lated tar­gets lo­cated hun­dreds of miles north at Naval Air Weapons Sta­tion China Lake. The Ma­rine Corps is cur­rently analysing the jam­ming data in an ef­fort to quan­tify the EW ef­fec­tive­ness bet­ter and hopes to have the of­fi­cial re­sults avail­able soon.

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