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MDA To Support GA-ASI’s Delivery of SkyGuardian Unmanned Aircraft to Canadian Armed Forces

MQ-9B SkyGuardian

MDA will collaborate with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. to deliver MQ-9B SkyGuardian remotely piloted aircraft systems to the Canadian Armed Forces.

The Ontario-based technology and services provider secured a $74 million contract from GA-ASI to assemble ground control stations for the RPAS at its facilities in Richmond, British Columbia.

“We’re honored to be partnering with GA-ASI and other Canadian companies to deliver this important new system that will support Canada’s domestic and continental defense and security priorities,” MDA CEO Mike Greenley said.

The Canadian government signed the $1.82 billion acquisition of 11 armed MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPAS and six ground control stations from GA-ASI in December.

The MQ-9B SkyGuardian aircraft promises to deliver persistent intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance around the world. It features Lynx Multi-mode Radar, an advanced electro-optical/infrared sensor, and automatic takeoff and landing capabilities.

According to GA-ASI, the unmanned aerial system can fly over the horizon for 40 hours or more, regardless of weather conditions, making it ideal for Canada’s expansive and diverse landscapes. 

The RPAS are expected to support the country’s domestic missions and international responsibilities under the North American Aerospace Defense Command and NATO.

Aviation Week Network said the Canadian RPAS program is expected to reach full operational capability by 2033.

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