MQ-9A Reaper UAS Automatic Takeoff and Landing Upgraded

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has demonstrated three expanded Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability (ATLC) enhancements for the MQ-9A Reaper unmanned aerial system (UAS), as part of its ongoing contract with the U.S. Air Force for modernization of the aircraft.

The new MQ-9A improvements provide the aircraft with a significant increase in operational flexibility. The first enables the MQ-9A to land at an alternate or “divert” airfield at which no Ground Control Station (GCS) is present, under satellite communication (SATCOM) control. The second enhancement expands...

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