General Atomics gets $51.5 million Predator contract
By Gary Robbins
Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 10:34 a.m.
The Defense Department has awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in Poway $51.5 million for spare parts, deployment readiness packages and ground support equipment for the MQ-9 Reaper, an unmanned aerial vehicle that’s also known as the Predator B drone. The company designs and develops the Reaper at its plants in Poway and Sabre Springs. The drone is heavily used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. The new contract will be carried out behalf of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.
It’s unclear whether the contract will affect General Atomic’s workforce, which now stands at 4,500 in San Diego County. But the company is in the midst of a hiring spree due to steady growth in the UAV market.
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