The team combines the best of Canadian industry with the world’s most advanced Medium-altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) RPAS – the MQ-9B SkyGuardian – to fulfil Canada’s RPAS project requirements.
The team’s expertise as a training systems integrator and our established supply chain of industry partners across Canada has helped ensure the growth of Canada’s defence and aerospace sector. Training and in-country sustainment services are key industrial capabilities that are critical to mission readiness for the RCAF as well as important drivers of export opportunities and success for Canadian industry.
Mission Flexibility- As a multi-mission aircraft, the MQ-9B SkyGuardian and its nine hardpoints offer unmatched configurability to meet an operator's mission requirements. MQ-9B SkyGuardian is the best solution to deliver multi-mission capability, a sustainable Arctic presence, interoperability with existing Royal Canadian Air Force [RCAF] assets and Five Eyes [FVEY] and NATO allies, all with low acquisition cost and sustainment. GA-ASI will also involve Canadian industry in sustainment of the system and development of new capabilities for MQ-9B and other Predator series systems
In addition to addressing the Canadian security requirement, GA-ASI also involves Canadian industry in sustainment of the system and development of new capabilities for MQ-9B and other Predator series systems
“General Atomics Aeronautical Systems recognizes the importance of partnering with established Canadian companies and building on the important contributions that Canadian industry is playing in the global success of GA-ASI. We have a long-standing global relationship with CAE and L3 WESCAM and look forward to growing our relationship with MDA as a part of this new team in Canada.
“We have assembled a team with proven capabilities and a history of industry innovation and support. Our objective is to expand the capabilities of our Team SkyGuardian Canada by seeking additional Canadian teammates – particularly small and medium sized businesses – as the RPAS Project progresses.”
“We are pleased to join Team SkyGuardian Canada to leverage our proud heritage in delivering aircrew training and in-service support to the RCAF and continue growing our international partnership with General Atomics to provide comprehensive training solutions for their family of RPAS. Our expertise as a training systems integrator and our established supply chain of industry partners across Canada will help ensure we grow Canada’s defence and aerospace sector. Training and in-country sustainment services are key industrial capabilities that are critical to mission readiness for the RCAF as well as important drivers of export opportunities and success for Canadian industry.”
“MDA is proud to join the GA-ASI team. MDA has extensive experience across the breadth, land, maritime and Arctic, of Canadian Defence surveillance and intelligence systems and particularly as the primary supplier of unmanned systems and services to the Canadian Armed Forces. We will bring these deep made-in-Canada capabilities to the GA-ASI team to help deliver a world-class, operational Canadian capability based on the best-of-breed aircraft in this class.”
“We are extremely pleased to have been selected by General Atomics to be a key team member of the SkyGuardian Canada program. Our innovative and mission-proven MX™-25 EO/IR sensor system was designed, engineered and built right here in Canada and has demonstrated its effectiveness in the extreme environments and weather conditions experienced across much of Canada’s 18 million square kilometers.”