Canada has purchased MQ-9B SkyGuardian aircraft from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.
Quebec recently signed a contract with GA-ASI for the acquisition of a fleet of next-generation remotely piloted aircraft systems and associated certified ground control stations.
SkyGuardian is capable of conducting persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations, including law enforcement, defensive counter air, airborne early warning, electronic warfare, anti-surface warfare, disaster relief, and search and rescue. The aircraft offers long endurance and range in any weather condition globally, with auto takeoff and landing powered by satellite communications.
According to General Atomics, the drone can also seamlessly integrate with and operate in unsegregated airspace. It is equipped with the company’s Detect and Avoid system.
“Canada’s vast territory and complex terrains, including in the Arctic, require a cost-effective multi-mission RPAS solution that can endure long periods on station, fly in harsh weather environments, and safely operate in all airspaces,” said Linden Blue, CEO of GA-ASI.
GA-ASI will work with its partners from Team SkyGuardian Canada, a coalition of Canadian businesses that includes L3Harris and CAE, to develop, manufacture, deliver and sustain MQ-9B.
The first MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPAS is expected to be delivered in 2028.