GA-ASI Conducts JCG’s Validation Flights in Japan – Drones Information


General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a leading global provider of remote controlled aircraft systems (RPAS), announced today that they will partner with Asia Air Survey (AAS) to perform a number of validation flights for the Japanese Coast Guard (JCG) with SeaGuardian® from GA-ASI from mid-September. The purpose of the flights is to validate RPAS ‘wide-ranging maritime surveillance capabilities for conducting JCG missions, including search and rescue, disaster relief and maritime law enforcement. The flights are expected to take approximately two months and include support from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) at their base in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture.

According to the JCG, flight validation is carried out in accordance with the “Guideline for Strengthening Maritime Safety Systems” using unmanned aerial vehicles to carry out maritime long-range surveillance using new technology.

“We are pleased to support JCG’s goals to validate SeaGuardian’s maritime surveillance performance,” said Linden Blue, CEO of GA-ASI. “We know that there is a need for affordable, long-lasting maritime air surveillance in Japan and around the world.”

The SeaGuardian system will feature a multi-mode radar for searching for a maritime surface with inverse synthetic aperture radar (ISAR) imaging mode, an AIS (Automatic Identification System) receiver and a high-resolution full-motion video sensor that works with optical and infrared cameras. This sensor suite enables real-time detection and identification of surface ships over thousands of square kilometers.

The Raytheon SeaVue radar system for surface search presented enables the automatic tracking of sea targets and the correlation of AIS transmitters with radar tracks.

SkyGuardian® and SeaGuardian revolutionize the RPAS market for long life by offering real all-weather capabilities. They are designed to achieve type certification based on STANAG airworthiness compliance (NATO standard). Together with the tried and tested radar, this function enables flexible operations in civil airspace to avoid collisions.

About GA-ASI

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a subsidiary of General Atomics, is a leading developer and manufacturer of proven, reliable remote piloted aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optical and related mission systems, including the Predator® RPA Series and the Lynx® multi-mode radar. With more than six million flight hours, GA-ASI offers a durable, mission-capable aircraft with integrated sensor and data connection systems that are required for a permanent flight that enables situational awareness and quick strikes. The company also manufactures a variety of ground control stations and sensor control / image analysis software, offers training and support for pilots, and develops metamaterial antennas. More information is available at

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