The US Air National Guard (ANG) will install Detect and Avoid Systems (DAAS) for one MQ-9 Block 1 and one MQ-9 Block 5 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). The ANG has inked a contract with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) for supply and installation of the same.
The DAAS avionics will be integrated into the new Centerline Avionics Bay (CAB), which provides additional volume and mission infrastructure for integrating future capabilities.
“Our Detect and Avoid System has been extensively tested and not only meets, but exceeds the capabilities of the air traffic awareness and avoidance systems used on today’s commercial airliners,” said David R. Alexander, president, GA-ASI. “The DAAS is an integral part of the certification effort that will allow RPA from GA-ASI to fly in non-segregated, controlled airspace.”
GA-ASI’s DAAS comprises of a Due Regard Radar (DRR) and processor, and a Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS).
GA-ASI will upgrade the software in the DRR for the ANG, to add a tactical weather mode, in addition to the air traffic surveillance capability.
GA-ASI’s DAA system also enables safe access to uncontrolled airspace and will comply with Due Regard procedure when operating in international airspace.