The skies over warzones are becoming increasingly congested with electronic threats.

To combat these dangers and ensure the continued effectiveness of its MQ-9A Reaper drone, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) recently announced a strategic partnership with Shift5.

This collaboration injects the Reaper with a potent dose of cybersecurity and advanced maintenance capabilities, directly benefiting the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).

Boosting Reaper’s Resilience in the Digital Age

“GA-ASI has long maintained a focused commitment to unmanned combat operations and unmatched unmanned aircraft system (UAS) experience, exemplified through our MQ-9A Reaper,” said GA-ASI President David R. Alexander.

He further mentions how their partnership with Shift5 would elevate that commitment by empowering AFSOC and SOCOM with a force multiplier for the Reaper’s resilience on the modern battlefield.

Shift5’s area of expertise lies in onboard operational technology (OT) observability. This translates to equipping the Reaper with real-time cyber anomaly detection, a critical line of defense against those seeking to disrupt its operations.

Imagine a scenario where hostile actors attempt to manipulate the drone’s flight controls or disable its crucial sensors.

Shift5’s technology would identify such threats in real-time, allowing operators to neutralize them before they can inflict any damage.