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Indian Navy GA-ASI MQ-9A RPAs Cross 10,000 Flight Hours

Indian Navy GA-ASI MQ-9A RPAs Cross 10,000 Flight Hours

Our Bureau - : Dec 7, 2022 - : 10:10 pm

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has announced that MQ-9A Remotely Piloted Aircraft on lease from GA-ASI to India’s Navy have completed 10,000th flight hours on November 22.

The MQ-9A was performing a sortie in support of India national security missions.

“The Indian Armed Forces have been impressed by the MQ-9A’s over-the-horizon ISR support for surface units and Indian warships, as well as the exceptional endurance and operational availability of the platform,” said GA-ASI CEO Linden Blue. “Our MQ-9As have helped the Indian Navy to cover over 14 million square miles of operating area.” 

The 10,000-flight hour mark was achieved by two MQ-9As operated by the Indian Navy during a period of almost exactly two years.

The maiden flight of Indian MQ-9As took place on November 21, 2020.

The MQ-9As are supplied to India by GA-ASI as part of a Company-Owned, Company-Operated (COCO) lease agreement. GA-ASI is the world’s leading manufacturer of RPA systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions.

MQ-9As are operated by the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain.

GA-ASI’s newer MQ-9B variant has been acquired by the UK and on order for Belgium. The MQ-9B maritime surveillance configuration (SeaGuardian®) recently began operations in support of the Japan Coast Guard.


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