A bold new aircraft, Mojave, joins the Predator-series family of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), bringing forward a unique set of capabilities ideal for armed overwatch, attack, and armed reconnaissance missions. Its avionics and flight control systems are built upon the revolutionary designs and systems of the MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1C Gray Eagle-Extended Range (GE-ER), parts of a fleet boasting over 7 million hours of operation, much of them in combat. Mojave also leverages U.S. Army investments in open architecture, autonomy, and machine learning processing capabilities. It is the next step in UAS evolution, delivering unprecedented expeditionary short-takeoff and landing (STOL) performance, C-130 airlift transportability and a significant increase in firepower without compromising any of the significant advantages in endurance, persistence, or aircrew safety over manned aircraft. Simply put, there is no aircrew on board in any danger from enemy.
The Mojave project brings together all the best of the proven technologies for employment, sustainment and production, and capability to achieve industry-leading reliability, range and endurance. Not only can Mojave quickly land, re-arm and re-launch from austere sites, located in close proximity to non-permissive environments, it can carry double the payload of earlier-model aircraft. Its increased wing surface area allows it to carry up to 3,600 lb. (1,633 kg), which totals as many as 16 AGM-114 Hellfire or equivalent missiles. Mojave can also be equipped with a sensor suite including EO/IR, Synthetic Aperture Radar/Ground Moving Target Indicator (SAR/GMTI) and Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) to support land or maritime missions. The aircraft can haul as much as 3,400 pounds if needed – more than twice that of Gray Eagle. New network also give more control than they’ve ever had before, including in the hands of joint terminal attack controllers on a mission with special operations forces.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, including the Predator® RPA series and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar. With more than seven million flight hours, GA-ASI provides long-endurance, mission-capable aircraft with integrated sensor and data link systems required to deliver persistent flight that enables situational awareness and rapid strike. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) holds a number of indefinite delivery and quantity (IDIQ), blanket purchase agreement, and customer-specific task order contract vehicles which provide customers the products, services, and solutions designed to meet their unique needs. The company also produces a variety of ground control stations and sensor control/image analysis software, offers pilot training and support services, and develops meta-material antennas.