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(DIFAR-AN/SSQ-53G), Directional Command Activated
Sonobuoy System (DICASS-AN/SSQ-62F) and Bathythermograph (BT-AN/SSQ-36B) sonobuoys, and accurately
generated a target track in real time from the Laguna
Flight Operations Facility located at Yuma Proving
Grounds.
The MQ-9A Block 5 successfully deployed one BT,
seven DIFAR, and two DICASS buoys to initiate prosecution and continuously track a MK-39 EMATT (Expendable Mobile ASW Training Target) over a three-hour period. Target track was generated using General Dynamics
Mission Systems-Canada's UYS-505 Sonobuoy Processing
Systems. GA-ASI is developing this first-of-its-kind capability for its new MQ-9B SeaGuardian UAS in partnership
with the U.S. Navy under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md.
GA-ASI first demonstrated a sonobuoy remote processing capability in 2017 from an MQ-9A. Since then, GA-ASI has added
a Sonobuoy Management & Control System (SMCS) to monitor and control deployed sonobuoys, and developed a pneumatic sonobuoy dispenser system (SDS) capable of safely carrying and deploying 10 U.S. Navy compliant 'A' size or 20 'G' size
sonobuoys per pod. The MQ-9B SeaGuardian has four wing

stations available to carry up to four (4) SDS pods, allowing it
to carry and dispense up to 40 'A' size or 80 'G'' size sonobuoys,
and remotely perform ASW anywhere in the world.
In a standard Maritime ISR and ASW configuration, SeaGuardian's endurance exceeds 18 hours, encompassing a mission radius of 1200 nautical miles with eight hours of on-station time for submarine prosecution, providing a low-cost
complement to manned aircraft for manned-unmanned
teaming (MUM-T) operations. GA-ASI has already received orders for this MQ-9B SeaGuardian ASW capability from two

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