General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), and SENER, have announced that they have signed a teaming agreement that promotes the use of the multi-mission Predator B RPA to support Spain’s airborne surveillance and reconnaissance requirements.
“GA-ASI is proud to be teamed in Spain with SENER. They are a leading high-technology company with a long record of success in the defense and security sectors,” said Frank W. Pace, President, Aircraft Systems, GA-ASI. “GA-ASI is fully committed to working with Spanish industry as we believe this programme’s success requires local industry partnerships that provide collaborative innovation in enhancing the capabilities of Predator B for the Spanish Government.”
The joint partnership of GA-ASI and SENER offers a wealth of combined expertise in support of the Predator B program for Spain. Operationally proven with over one million flight hours, GA-ASI’s Predator B provides unmatched persistent situational awareness, safeguarding borders and maritime approaches, supporting military missions worldwide, and saving lives in areas that have been afflicted by natural disasters. Complementing this capability, SENER will leverage its proven engineering experience to optimize and synergize Predator B data collection in support of the customer. The team will create high-technology jobs in the rapidly growing field of RPA for the people of Spain.
For his part, Andrés Sendagorta, vice president of SENER, expressed: “It is an honor for SENER to partner with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems to support the Predator B supply to the Spanish Government.” And he added: “At the same time, it is a source of satisfaction to make available for the Spanish Ministry of Defense our experience and technological capabilities in this challenging project to implement the first system of this kind that will be operating in Spain.”
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. It also manufactures a variety of state-of-the-art digital Ground Control Stations (GCS), including the next-generation Advanced Cockpit GCS, and provides pilot training and support services for RPA field operations. The Mission Systems business unit designs, manufactures, and integrates the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar and sophisticated Claw® sensor control and image analysis software into both manned and remotely piloted aircraft. It also focuses on providing integrated sensor payloads and software for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft platforms and develops high energy lasers, electro-optic sensors, and meta-material antennas.
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 over 5,700 professionals distributed across its offices in Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, South Korea, Chile, China, Colombia, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, the United States, India, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Portugal and the United Kingdom. The group has a turnover of €1.2 billion (2013 data). SENER engages in the specific activities of Engineering and Construction. It also has industrial holdings in companies involved in Energy and Environment, as well as in Aeronautics. In the area of Engineering and Construction, SENER has become a world leader in Aerospace, Infrastructure and Transport, Power and Process, and Marine.
Source: Press Release