GA-ASI’s Mojave lights up Yuma Desert, showcasing weaponized versatility


San Diego, CA – April 23, 2024 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) successfully completed a live-fire demonstration of its Mojave Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) in the Yuma Desert on April 13th. This impressive feat not only validates the Mojave’s capabilities on the battlefield but also marks a significant milestone for the innovative drone.

The demonstration saw GA-ASI partner with Dillon Aero to equip the Mojave with two of their DAP-6 Gun Pod Systems, transforming it into a formidable aerial weapon. During its two flights, the Mojave completed seven passes, firing a staggering 10,000 rounds of ammunition and destroying various targets.

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“Witnessing the Mojave perform this live-fire demonstration truly emphasizes its remarkable versatility,” said GA-ASI President David R. Alexander. He went on to highlight the Mojave’s ability to function as a multi-role asset, serving as a sensor, shooter, and logistical support platform – all while minimizing risks to human life.

One of the Mojave’s key features is its Short Takeoff and Landing (STOL) capability, a factor that has garnered significant interest from both military and aerospace communities. This unique characteristic allows the Mojave to operate from locations previously deemed unsuitable for traditional UAS, thanks to its ability to take off and land on short, unimproved airstrips.

GA-ASI Mojave UAS Yuma Desert Live Fire Test.

Dillon Aero’s Mini Gun.

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The Mojave’s successful demonstration aboard a Royal Navy aircraft carrier in November 2023 further expands its operational possibilities. This adaptability is revolutionizing how large-scale unmanned systems can be utilized.

Funded entirely by GA-ASI‘s internal research and development budget, the live-fire demonstration took place at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.

The Mojave demonstrator shares key components and systems with GA-ASI’s modernized Gray Eagle 25M, essentially offering an expeditionary STOL variant of the popular drone. Building on this success, GA-ASI is planning to develop similar wing kit options for both the larger MQ-9B aircraft family, including the SkyGuardian and SeaGuardian models.

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