In a groundbreaking announcement unveiled at the Dubai Airshow, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) and EDGE, a prominent technology group based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have joined forces to integrate cutting-edge smart weapons onto the MQ-9B SkyGuardian.

This collaboration marks a pivotal moment in defense technology, bridging capabilities across nations and advancing the landscape of unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

Fostering Unprecedented Collaboration

The strategic agreement between GA-ASI and EDGE signifies a significant leap forward in defense integration.

It involves the integration of precision-guided munition (PGM) and guided-glide weapon (GGW) solutions from EDGE onto the MQ-9B SkyGuardian, an unmanned platform renowned for its reliability and versatility in various mission scenarios.

“We’re excited to work with EDGE on this initiative,” expressed GA-ASI President David R. Alexander in a press release statement. “Integrating home-grown capabilities onto our customer platforms is something we’ve done a lot, but we’ve never before integrated a non-NATO weapon system onto one of our RPA platforms.”

This unprecedented collaboration highlights the inclusion of the DESERT STING family of GGWs and THUNDER family of PGMs from HALCON, along with the AL TARIQ family of modular, mission-proven, all-weather day/night long-range PGMs.