Forget everything you thought about drone warfare. General Atomics’s Mojave unmanned aircraft system (UAS) is a game-changer that just roared onto the scene with a live-fire demonstration that’s shaking things up.

Conducted on April 13, 2024, at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, the test showcased the Mojave’s ability to engage static targets with remarkable precision, raising the bar for what’s possible with unmanned aerial vehicles.

Strafing Capabilities Usher in New Era for Drone Warfare

Traditionally, strafing attacks – where an aircraft flies low and fires at ground targets – have been the sole domain of manned aircraft.

The Mojave’s achievement throws a spotlight on its potential to revolutionize modern warfare.

During the test, the Mojave was equipped with twin Dillon Aero DAP-6 gun pod systems, each wielding a six-barreled 7.62mm cannon capable of firing 3,000 rounds per minute.

In a display of firepower and accuracy, the Mojave expended a total of 10,000 rounds across seven passes.

“Seeing our Mojave perform this live-fire demo really emphasizes the versatility of the Mojave UAS and what it can do,” said GA-ASI President David R. Alexander. “Mojave has the ability to act as a sensor, shooter, and sustainer while mitigating threat environments and vulnerabilities and safeguarding human lives.”

Beyond Strafing: The Mojave’s Multifaceted Potential

The Mojave’s success goes beyond its ability to strafe targets.