General Atomics, EDGE to Integrate Smart Weapons onto MQ-9B

EDGE-made smart weapons such as Desert Sting GGW, Thunder PGM and AL TARIQ PGM will be armed on the MQ-9B
  • Defensemirror.com Bureau
  • 09:12 AM, November 13, 2023
  • 758
General Atomics, EDGE to Integrate Smart Weapons onto MQ-9B
MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPA

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) and U.A.E.’s EDGE, announced an agreement today to integrate EDGE smart weapons onto GA-ASI’s MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPA.

Under the agreement announced at the Dubai Airshow, the two companies will work together to integrate precision-guided munition (PGM) and guided-glide weapon (GGW) solutions from EDGE onto GA-ASI’s MQ-9B SkyGuardian.

The partnership marks the first time that U.A.E.-made smart weapons will be integrated onto a U.S. unmanned platform, signalling a new chapter in U.S.-U.A.E. defence cooperation, and opening the door to further collaboration.

The EDGE smart weapons designated for integration include the DESERT STING family of GGWs and THUNDER family of cost-effective PGMs from HALCON, and the AL TARIQ family of modular, mission-proven, all-weather day/night long-range PGMs.

GA-ASI hopes that its work with EDGE will lead to more partnerships within the UAE defence industry in order to integrate domestically developed sensors and weapons onto the MQ-9B for the U.A.E. and other customers.

The UAE Armed Forces currently operate GA-ASI’s Predator XP and are working with GA-ASI and the U.S. Department of Defense to acquire the MQ-9B.

Attendees of the Dubai Airshow can visit GA-ASI at stand 1380 and EDGE and its portfolio of companies at indoor stand 520 and outdoor stand S49 at Dubai World Central.

Also Read

S.Korea’s ROKADI to Supply Fuel Interface Rings for MQ-9B Drones ...

October 17, 2023 @ 06:13 AM

Biden Welcomes India’s Plan to Procure MQ-9B Drones

June 23, 2023 @ 02:59 PM

Taiwan to Get MQ-9B SkyGuardian Drones

May 2, 2023 @ 05:32 AM
FEATURES/INTERVIEWS