General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), the leading provider of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), is proud to announce its selection to support the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) RPAS Trial Operation Project. The project will commence in April 2023 and showcase GA-ASI’s MQ-9B SeaGuardian®, a cutting-edge technology in maritime surveillance.
The MALE RPAS Trial Operation Project will leverage SeaGuardian’s capabilities to perform a variety of tests to assess its suitability for manned-unmanned teaming missions and manpower reduction. Additionally, Japan Coast Guard and JMSDF will share the data obtained from the MQ-9Bs operated for each branch of the government.
“We are honored to support JMSDF’s trial operation with our SeaGuardian UAS,” said GA-ASI President David R. Alexander. “We understand the need in Japan and globally for affordable long-endurance airborne surveillance in the maritime domain.”
SeaGuardian incorporates a multi-mode maritime surface-search radar, including an Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR) imaging mode, an Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver, and a High-Definition – Full-Motion Video sensor equipped with optical and infrared cameras. This sensor suite enables the real-time detection and identification of surface vessels over thousands of square nautical miles, automatic tracking of maritime targets, and correlation of AIS transmitters with radar tracks.
SkyGuardian® and SeaGuardian® are game-changers in the long-endurance RPAS market, providing true all-weather capability and built to achieve Type Certification based on STANAG-4671 (NATO standard) airworthiness compliance. This feature, coupled with GA-ASI’s operationally proven collision avoidance radar, enables flexible operations in civil airspace.