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SENER Presents GA-ASI’s Predator-B At UNVEX

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SENER Presents GA-ASI’s Predator B At UNVEX

(Source: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems; issued May 5, 2016)

MADRID (SPAIN) --- The SENER engineering firm, along with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) in Spain, will be at UNVEX 2016 offering information about GA-ASI’s remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) Predator B, recently purchased by the Spanish Armed Forces. A one-sixth scale model of Predator B will be on show at a stand shared by both companies.

In addition, GA-ASI’s Regional Vice President of Europe, Chris Ames, will deliver a presentation in the morning on May 25, in the session on defense and security applications, where he will discuss RPAS missions and capabilities.

The SENER Group is a GA-ASI technological partner for integrating the RPAS MALE Predator B in Spain, as well as for providing the support during the life cycle of the program, as required by the Spanish Air Force. It also is envisaged that SENER will produce and support elements of the Predator B series by virtue of the industrial cooperation plan between Spanish industry and GA-ASI.

Today, with nearly 50 years of experience in aerospace engineering, SENER is a reputable provider of equipment, systems integration and engineering services for Defense, Space and Aeronautics and Vehicles. In Defense, it is a supplier of electromechanical systems, systems for submarines and helicopter modernization services, as well as leading and collaborating in defense programs that involve integrated systems, thanks to its capacity to take on multidisciplinary projects.

In all these fields, SENER provides a complete service, from design through production (including the production of series) as well as integration and maintenance throughout the product’s lifecycle.

For its part, GA-ASI will deliver a Predator B system of four aircraft for the Spanish Armed Forces. The aircraft will support Spain’s airborne surveillance and reconnaissance requirements, contributing significantly to the country’s and security system while providing increased support to Spain’s Armed Forces.

Predator B is built upon GA-ASI’s proven Predator/Gray Eagle aircraft family, which has amassed over 3.8 million flight hours. The aircraft flies as fast as 240 knots, features an extensive payload capacity (386 kg internally, 1,700 kg externally), with a maximum altitude of 15240 meters, and can stay aloft for up to 27 hours. This unrefueled airborne persistence joins sophisticated onboard sensors to provide the advantage of superior intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Predator B is currently operational with the U.S. Air Force, Royal Air Force, Italian Air Force, and the French Air Force, as well as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and NASA.


Spain to Acquire Predator B: GA-ASI and SENER Teamed to Provide Capability to Spain

(Source: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.; issued Feb 17, 2016)

SAN DIEGO --- General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced its notification of Spain's selection of the Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper RPA system to support the nation's airborne surveillance and reconnaissance requirements.

The Spanish Ministry of Defense has awarded GA-ASI the delivery of one Predator B RPA system for the Spanish Armed Forces to include four aircraft equipped with MTS-B Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR) sensors and GA-ASI's Block 20A Lynx Multi-mode Radar, two Block 30 Ground Control Stations (GCS), and Satellite Communications (SATCOM) and Line-of-Sight (LOS) data link capabilities by means of a Spanish-U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreement.

"GA-ASI is proud to partner with the Spanish Armed Forces to offer our operationally proven Predator B RPA to fulfill Spain's emerging multi-mission requirements," said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. "We also look forward to working with teammate SENER, a leading engineering company, and developing collaborative partnerships with other Spanish companies to help ensure the long-term success of the program."

For his part, Andrés Sendagorta, vice president of SENER, expressed: "SENER, as technological teammate of GA-ASI for the MALE [Medium-altitude Long- endurance] project in Spain, is delighted to make all its capabilities available to the Spanish Armed Forces in order to achieve the best integration of the new system in Spain." And he added: "The MQ-9 is broadly considered to be the best system in its range to which SENER has been providing keen backing for years. Reaper will contribute significantly to strengthen our country's Defense and Security system and will provide increased protection to our forces."

GA-ASI's multi-mission Predator B is a long-endurance, medium-high-altitude RPA that features an extensive payload capacity (850 lb/386 kg internally, 3,750 lb/1,700 kg externally), with a maximum altitude of 50,000 feet/15240 meters, and can stay aloft for up to 27 hours. Complementing this capability, SENER and Spanish industry will leverage their proven engineering and manufacturing experience to optimize sustainment and capability of the Predator B system in support of the Spanish Armed Forces.

Predator B is currently operational with the U.S. Air Force, Royal Air Force, French Air Force and the Italian Air Force. The aircraft provides unmatched persistent situational awareness, safeguarding borders and maritime approaches, supporting military missions worldwide, and saving lives following natural disasters. Some 245 Predator B aircraft have amassed more than one million flight hours since first flight in 2001.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., an affiliate of General Atomics, delivers situational awareness by providing remotely piloted aircraft systems, radar, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions for military and commercial applications worldwide. The company's Aircraft Systems business unit is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable RPA systems, including Predator A, Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper, Gray Eagle, the new Predator C Avenger, and Predator XP.

SENER is a private engineering and technology group founded in 1956. It seeks to offer its clients the most advanced technological solutions and enjoys international recognition thanks to its independence and its commitment to innovation and quality. SENER has a workforce of nearly 6,000 professionals distributed across its offices in Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, South Korea, Chile, China, Colombia, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, the United States, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Portugal and the United Kingdom. The group's turnover exceeds 1.305 billion Euros (2014 data).